I agree that this is a big deal; it is a safety issue that should concern everyone in the household. What if your nephew is in the basement and keeps smoking and drinking, smoking and drinking until he passes out and a fire starts? If nobody else will listen to your concerns, perhaps the authorities will.
Also, it is possible that your nephew has the disease of addiction. Hopefully he will reach a point where he will seek help to attain a lifestyle free of alcohol and marijuana.View Thread
There is a lot of evidence that marijuana impairs short-term memory, so this means that it affects brain function adversely. That's good enough evidence for me that marijuana kills the 'functional' ability of brain cells to survive when exposed to the drug.
I hope this is enough proof of cell impairment to satisfy your query.View Thread
Remember that you are a single mom — the sole parent in the family — with two boys. This is a lot of responsibility for a young woman.
One thing you can do right now is start going to Al-Anon meetings and taking care of yourself. You can certainly encourage your boyfriend to seek chemical dependency treatment; this is really his best option for long term sobriety. It sounds like his progression to injection use of heroin has been rapid, and I need to remind you that addiction is a fatal disease.
He may need to be intervened on to be encouraged to enter treatment. Please don't try to do this yourself- there are professionals who can assist. Your best solution is to call for help.View Thread
Sadly, even if you convince yourself that the combination of Wellbutrin and alcohol is lethal, this thought may not keep you sober. The reality is that this combination is not necessarily lethal, just ill-advised.
Perhaps it's the alcohol that's contributing to your depression? If your doctor prescribed an anti-depressant like Wellbutrin, the assumption is that alcohol is out of the picture for you. This drug may help you at some level, but don't forget about the value of a program of recovery. You went without alcohol for two decades, so something was working for many years.
I wish you well on your new journey to sobriety. View Thread
You have what is called 'amotivational syndrome', a classic consequence of long term cannabis dependence. Since the drug is lipid soluble, going into the fat and brain cells and coming out slowly, it's difficult to say how long you will feel under the weather. Just know that it won't be forever.
Seeking help from your physician and engaging in chemical dependency treatment will really help to facilitate your healing process because the process will work those areas of the brain which need exercise (so to speak.)
So, try to be patient and take it one day at a time, knowing that every day is another day closer to feeling a lot better.View Thread
You could indeed detox from opiates at home with proper medical supervision and support. I wouldn't dispute that.
However, how long will it be before you return to using them after you begin to feel good again? Pretty soon, I would expect. That's why chemical dependency treatment is so important.
Detoxification from the substance (in your case, opiates) is only a minor component of the full chemical dependency treatment experience. A reason so many people relapse is because detoxification is the only aspect they focus on, not realizing there is so much more to treatment.
My recommendation is to do it right the first time so you don't have to undergo needless suffering characterized by repeated relapses. I encourage you to explore treatment options in your community and wish you well in your efforts.View Thread
The list you found is neither the breakdown of one drug nor a recipe to create something potent. It does, however, include three opiates and a benzodiazepine; taking a combination such as this could be very dangerous.
I would recommend you let your child know you've seen this list and ask what the purpose of it is. Hopefully this will lead to an honest conversation that allows you to share your concern. View Thread
It is problematic anytime a person mixes alcohol and medication, especially benzodiazepines like Xanax. Taking Xanax with alcohol is like a "double whammy." Xanax is really alcohol in a pill. So, taking Xanax with a shot of alcohol is like trying to put out a fire by pouring turpentine on it.
A deeper question here is why your wife is on both of these medications. I recommend she have a candid discussion with her primary physician, letting her doctor know that she is also using alcohol because she feels a need to "numb herself." Diagnosing the cause of the problem can lead to an appropriate solution. If she continues with her current self-prescribing behavior, she could cause herself permanent harm.View Thread
Generally, the metabolic rate of alcohol is the same for everyone. This concept is referred to as 'zero order kinetics.' Amounts of alcohol detected in the urine, however, may not be reliable because of residual urine considerations. That being said, it is possible to back-calculate based on urine alcohol concentrations if double-voided urine testing is implemented (Double-voided refers to a urinespecimen collected after first emptying the bladder and then waiting until another specimen can be collected.)
I don't feel this is a liver problem. Sometimes cannabis can stay in the system for a long, long time; with prolonged use, it goes into the fat cells and just stays there, coming out very slowly. 48ng is a pretty low quantitative value, and the value should fall over time.
I would suggest testing in another month or so (remaining sober in the meantime.) I don't see blame for anything else — it's an issue strictly related to the pharmacodynamics of cannabis. Good luck.View Thread