What you are experiencing is expected. It's going to take a while for you to feel normal again and for your brain to function with "all pistons firing."
Cannabis (pot) is notorious for getting into the brain and staying there for a long time. Your solution is time. I know that some days it may seem you are taking a step back; however, try to trust that - in time - your executive functions will improve and you have every expectation to lead a normal life - IF you stay clean and sober.
All the cannabis you have been taking has caught up with you.
Remember, cannabis gets into the brain and basically stays there for a long time because your brain is a lipid-rich organ, and cannabis sequesters in the lipid cells. So, it's going to take a lot of time for all that cannabis to seep out of your brain cells.
Meanwhile, this is going to have an effect on how you think and feel. Seeking help from your doctor may help. There are medications which can be prescribed to help you.View Thread
There are actually many drugs that may show up as a positive screen for cannabis on a dipstick urine test. However, a confirmatory test should be negative in that case, so you wouldn't have to identify Oxybutynin as the reason for the positive test.
It's hard to incriminate that single "treat" as responsible for a positive test six weeks later, but when it comes to cannabis and urine drug testing, anything is possible.
I'm interested about the frequent drug testing. Was this is a one-time thing?View Thread
Because you have been taking Hydrocodone (Norco) for many years, the chemistry of your brain has changed. It will take some time of complete abstinence from any mood-altering substance for your brain to make an appropriate adjustment back to normalcy.
Everyone is different in this regard, so it's difficult to predict how long your discomfort will last, but everyone has the difficulty that you are expressing.
The good news is that your discomfort will usually get better slowly over time. Seeing your physician would be advisable as some help is avaialble for you in the form of non-opiate medication.View Thread
Kratom is an opiate, and opiates can slow breathing and heart rate. Long-term use can change the brain's chemistry. The drug also depresses the appetite and thirst while giving the body a higher tolerance to pain.
Kratom use can also affect thyroid function.
I would encourage you to let your friend know this drug is an opiate and long term use can lead to physical dependence, addiction or both.View Thread
Congratulations on deciding that you have to stop using. The good news is that "time is on your side."
Sorry, I don't have any secrets of life or calculations incorporating time, weight, and body surface area measurements, but I do know that chemical dependency treatment works. People who seek treatment are generally more successful in their endeavors to stay sober long-term than those who do not seek treatment.
Long-term sobriety is an "easier softer way," and I believe your brain will be happier in the long run if you can acheive that.View Thread
From what you write, it seems that your husband suffers from "amotivational syndrome." This is common among long-term cannabis users and especially common among people who are cannabis dependent.
It's no wonder that he has not accomplished his dream. But there is still hope! If he seeks treatment, he can stop smoking pot, and he will get better. This will take time, but it's not too late.
I suggest you tell him how you feel when you see him interact with your son, then ask him if he wants a better life for himself. After that, support his seeing a physician for further recommendations about chemical dependency treatment. I believe you will get what you seek.View Thread