Hey, @RockHauler. I never really thought about the fact that people who take diphenhydramine can become addicted to it. I’m surprised that your body isn’t completely immune to it.
I take a prescription sleep med and I take 100mg of diphenhydramine every night so I can sleep. Just taking the prescribed med doesn’t work and just taking the diphenhydramine doesn’t work. The two of them together work, and that’s important. I don’t sleep at all if I don’t take meds to help, and I take care of my dad so not sleeping is not an option. I’ve told my doctor that I take it with my meds, and he said it was fine.
When I started to take diphenhydramine, just 25 mg would knock me out for four to six hours. My body must have gotten used to it because it doesn’t work like that anymore. For me, I don’t think I’m addicted to it. It’s more that it’s a necessity born from life circumstances. If I didn’t have to take care of my dad, I wouldn’t take either for a while to try to reset my body.
I might be completely off the mark, but to me it sounds like maybe it’s a way to get your body to relax and get away from yourself for a while. Dissociation- for this specific example, it’s kind of spacing out so you don’t have to deal with life head on.
The amount you take is definitely not healthy. I’m thinking that maybe you don’t want to take the pills anymore because you posted about it. If you want to get out of this, the best I can say is talk to your doctor, if you’re comfortable taking with them about this subject. They may be able to suggest something that’s healthier and works just as good if not better, and also help you come up with a plan to work on reducing your intake. Also, look for things you can do to occupy yourself so you won’t take the meds. Hobbies can do wonders sometimes.