If you or a loved one are dealing with a substance abuse problem, you know it can be a very complex issue. Dependency affects all areas of a person’s life, and it can present itself in many ways. Mixing drugs and alcohol is something that is common, but that many may not be familiar with. An example of this type of substance combination is Benadryl and alcohol abuse.
Crest View Recovery Center wants to help you understand this problem and its risks. Keep reading to learn more.
About Benadryl and Alcohol Abuse
Benadryl is the over-the-counter brand name of the medicine, diphenhydramine. It treats allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and even itchy skin. Benadryl comes with side effects such as dry mouth, urination difficulty, and headache. It often causes drowsiness but can lead some users to feel agitated or excited.
Benadryl side effects can be intensified when combined with alcohol use. Both diphenhydramine and alcohol are central nervous system depressants, which cause functions like breathing to slow. A severe sedation effect is sometimes achieved when these two substances are used together, along with an increased risk of dehydration.
The Dangers of Combining Alcohol and Benadryl
A major danger occurs when people engage in activities like driving or operating machinery while under the influence of these substances. It’s also possible to have an accident such as falling or cutting yourself. This is particularly a problem for older adults.
It’s important to be aware of the alcohol content in your other medications such as cough syrup, as these can also cause risks. In addition, the sedation effect caused by the combination of Benadryl and alcohol can sometimes be enough to lead to unconsciousness. Combined in very large amounts, they could even kill you.
How Crest View Recovery Center Can Help
Polysubstance abuse, or the improper use of multiple substances, is a serious problem. Here at CVRC, we understand the unique issues that come with this sort of addiction, and we have the unique expertise and resources to help address it.
For example, some highlights of our facility include:
- Small, intimate setting in the mountains of western North Carolina
- Comprehensive approach to wellness
- Addiction therapy
- Rehab treatment
- Intensive outpatient program
- Off-site detox services
- Psychiatrist on-site
Combining substances can lead to serious consequences. If you or a loved one are dealing with a dependency on Benadryl and alcohol, we can help. The road to recovery is far smoother when you have support. Call us today at 866-327-2505 to learn more.