Benadryl, also known as Diphenhydramine, is an antihistamine used to treat allergies. It is also prescribed for sleeping issues like insomnia, the common cold, tremors, and nausea.

Like other prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, it is highly addictive.

Here, we look at the signs and symptoms of a Benadryl addiction and highlight what you can do if you’re concerned about your usage.

Is Benadryl Addictive?

Put simply, yes. Benadryl, when taken at the correct dose, is safe to use. However, it contains Diphenhydramine which is an addictive substance. It is wrongly assumed that you can’t get addicted to prescribed or readily available store-bought drugs, but this lack of knowledge and naivety only adds to the risk.

Benadryl works by tapping into the brain’s receptors like over-the-counter drugs, including painkillers. In this instance, it blocks the receptors responsible for reactions, such as allergic reactions, and reduces symptoms.

It works quickly and enters the brain, making patients feel drowsy. At the same time, any pain is reduced, and positive sensations are released. These are all feelings that become addictive and lead to drug addiction.

Symptoms of Benadryl Addiction

The signs and symptoms of a Benadryl addiction vary between people, and just because they don’t all apply to you doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from professional help.

If something has made you question your behaviour or you’re on this page looking for answers, consider why. Some of the typical symptoms of Benadryl addiction include:

  • Self-medicating with higher doses even though the initial reason for taking Benadryl has disappeared
  • Cravings and withdrawal symptoms, or not being able to function without Benadryl
  • Going to extreme lengths to get more Benadryl – such as visiting multiple pharmacies and buying it online
  • Taking Benadryl even though it’s harming your health, finances, career, and relationships

Many people struggle to come to terms with the fact that they might have a Benadryl addiction or a prescription drug addiction purely because they don’t know how it happened.

That’s completely normal and nothing to be ashamed of. Here at Ocean Recovery, we’ve helped many people just like you – those who were gripped by addiction and can’t see a way out. Now, they’re living the life they’ve always wanted.

Admitting that you need help or identifying that you have a Benadryl addiction is the first step towards recovery. This is because you’ve got to want to recover to make the most of our drug rehab treatment.

If you’re watching a loved one struggle with Benadryl addiction and who is in denial, however, this can be hugely challenging. At Ocean Recovery, we’re here to help you; we offer family referral and intervention services.

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Risks of Prescription Drug Addiction

Any addiction can soon take its toll on health, finances, and other areas of life, which is why it’s so important to talk to someone if you think you might have an addiction. The biggest risk of prescription drug addiction is its impact on physical and psychological health. In some cases, it can even cause irreparable damage to your liver, kidney, and stomach and can even cause death.

Prescription drugs and painkillers are dangerous because people assume they are safe. However, many have similar chemical structures to Morphine, which means they are highly addictive. The cycle starts the moment the prescription drug is taken.

It takes effect around the body and brain, evoking a positive reaction. Some people may look for this feeling again, and as doses are taken more frequently, a tolerance is built up, meaning you need more of the drug to function.

The brain and body will depend on the drug with a tolerance built. Even if you try to stop or reduce your dose, you’ll likely experience painful side effects and withdrawal symptoms. This is how easy it is to become addicted to prescription drugs, and often people don’t even realise it’s happening.

Private Rehab Treatment for Prescription Drugs

As a serious health condition, and like other addictions, prescription drug addiction often requires private drug and alcohol rehab treatment. This is because a combination of behavioural, psychological, and talking therapy and holistic and well-being advice are needed. That’s exactly what we offer at Ocean Recovery.

Not only will you be supported to combat the Benadryl addiction, but you’ll get to grips with the psychological dependency and be supported to create new tactics and coping strategies. A huge step in your recovery will be to complete a drug detox.

As part of rehab, you’ll be offered a medically assisted detox, where you and any withdrawal symptoms are monitored. We can also offer medication to help ease any effects. This is one of the safest ways to detox and one of the biggest advantages of going to rehab.

Typically, rehab treatment lasts for around 28 days, and you’ll also work with specialist teams who will prepare you for your time on the outside. With tailored advice for aftercare and relapse prevention, as well as details for local support groups in the community.

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Rehab treatment gives you the best possible chance for recovery now and in the future.  If you’re worried that you might have a Benadryl addiction or are concerned about the behaviour of a loved one, why not speak to our friendly team today on 0800 880 7596.

We appreciate how scary and isolating addiction can be for everyone affected by it, but we’re determined to show you that there is a way out. Our leading addiction recovery centre on Blackpool’s shores is the ideal place for your body and mind to recover, and you’re only a message away from getting onto the right path.


John Gillen - Author - Last updated: September 2, 2022

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.