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I used to take heroin at every opportunity, for over 10 years, now I just take methadone which supposedly "stabilizes" me though I feel more destabilized than ever before despite having been relatively well behaved since late November/early December 2010... and VERY ANGRY about this when I let it get to me so I try not to.

I was told by a mental health nurse that my heroin addiction was "self medication" for a mood disorder that has recently become severe enough to cause psychotic episodes. As well as methadone I take antipsychotics daily. Despite my problems I consider myself a very sane person. My priority is to attain stability. I go to Narcotics Anonymous because I "want what they have" ~ Serenity.

My old blog used to say "candid confessions of a heroin and crack cocaine addict" how come that one comes up when I google "heroin blog" and not this one. THIS IS MY BLOG. I don't flatter myself that every reader knows everything about me and follows closely every single word every day which is why I repeat myself. Most of that is for your benefit not mine.

This is my own private diary, my journal. It is aimed at impressing no-one. It is kept for my own benefit to show where I have been and hopefully to put off somebody somewhere from ever getting into the awful mess I did and still cannot crawl out of. Despite no drugs. I still drink, I'm currently working on reducing my alcohol intake to zero.

If you have something to say you are welcome to comment. Frankness I can handle. Timewasters should try their own suggestions on themselves before wasting time thinking of ME.

PS After years of waxing and waning "mental" symptoms that made me think I had depression and possibly mild bipolar I now have found out I'm schizoaffective. My mood has been constantly "cycling" since December 2010. Mostly towards mania (an excited non-druggy "high"). For me, schizoaffective means bipolar with (sometimes severe)
mania and flashes of depression (occasionally severe) with bits of schizophrenia chucked on top. You could see it as bipolar manic-depression with sparkly knobs on ... I'm on antipsychotic pills but currently no mood stabilizer. I quite enjoy being a bit manic it gives the feelings of confidence and excitement people say they use cocaine for. But this is natural and it's free, so I don't see my "illness" as a downer. It does, however, make life exceedingly hard to engage with...

PPS The "elevated mood" is long gone. Now I'm depressed. Forget any ideas of "happiness" I have given up heroin and want OFF methadone as quick as humanly possible. I'm fed up of being a drug addict. Sick to death of it. I wanna be CLEAN!!!

Attack of the Furry Entertainers!

Attack of the Furry Entertainers!

Saturday, September 12, 2009



Famous for their iridescent colours ...

Hummingbirds are native to the Americas and are some of the world's smallest birds:

They feed on nectar from flowers ...

Their wings can beat at up to 20 times per second; they can hover in mid-air and fly at speeds of up to 54kph (34mph). Every year the tiny feathery swines migrate from North to South America, a journey of several thousand miles ... then back again! Which just doesn't look possible, considering their size ...

Can become quite tame ...

Look at those amazing feathers up close:

And the babies are very very tiny ...

... and the eggs are miniscule!


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Those are certainly beautiful birds. I have never before taken the time to really look at them. Thank you for giving me that opportunity, my dear friend.

RUTH said...

Hi Gleds I (finally) saw you'd commented on my blog....sorry it took me so long to notice...I can't see me blogging in the foreseeable future but if you're on Facebook you can track me down there. Hugs

Gledwood said...

NICK: and you LIVE in America! Don't you get them in your garden..? Or are you in upstate New York, too far north ..?

RUTH: aye I will. Lovely to hear from you!!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Oh, Gledwood, I so wish that I still had a garden! None of my neighbors have gardens, either. We all just have very, very high fences. Sad.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hello, Gleds. I've never seen a close-up picture of a humming bird before and I didn't know they were so pretty!

Baino said...

They're the darlings of the bird world Gleds. None here either but I have friends in America who install feeders. One who takes amazing photographs of these tiny things. Beautiful they are.

Bimbimbie said...

Exquisite little wonders, they look as if they are awol from a lilliputian fairyland*!*

Janice said...

Humming birds come into my yard and sip nectar from my garden flowers. They are so pretty with an iridescent green color, and their wings make a hum when they fly.


Gledwood said...

NICK: ... but even if you HAD a garden, it's the wrong climate, right?

WELSHCAKES: amazing! Like tiny kingfishers ...

BAINO: I've seen those feeders. People string them on washinglines in New Mexico so the feathery swines can have a drink en route from N to S or vice-versa

BIMBIMBIE: yes ~~from fairyland!!

JANICE: I wish I could have that going on in my garden ...

Syd said...

Those feathers are amazing. Beautiful colors.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Wishing you a good week, Gledds.

Great post!

Love, SB.

tweetey30 said...

Hi there. I stopped by once before after you stopped by my crafting blog.. Beautiful photo's.. Just beautiful. I dont have a garden either.. Yikes.. Wish I did to see these beautiful birds during the summer.. My main blog is nbrsspot.blogspot.com. Happy blogging..

Margaret Cloud said...

These pictures are awesome, so beautiful. I live in the USA, my state is Michigan, we do have hummingbirds, I have a feeder out and three little hummingbirds come to it, I love those little birds.

Flores Hayes said...

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here a great find for panda fanatic!
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Sarcastic Bastard said...

Where are you? I am beginning to worry.



Gledwood said...

SYD: I've never seen a hummingbird in the actuality ever in my life ...

TWEETEY: cheers!

MC: I would love to see an actual hummingbird ~ wow

FLORES: Pandas?~~ yes how did you know?

SB: I am fine I just fell over and had an encounter with a mysterious white powder ...

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Heroin Shortage: News

If you are looking for the British Heroin Drought post, click here; the latest word is in the comments.

Christiane F

"Wir, Kinder vom Bahnhoff Zoo" by "Christiane F", memoir of a teenage heroin addict and prostitute, was a massive bestseller in Europe and is now a set text in German schools. Bahnhoff Zoo was, until recently, Berlin's central railway station. A kind of equivalent (in more ways than one) to London's King's Cross... Of course my local library doesn't have it. So I'm going to have to order it through a bookshop and plough through the text in German. I asked my druggieworker Maple Syrup, who is Italiana how she learned English and she said reading books is the best way. CHRISTIANE F: TRAILER You can watch the entire 120-min movie in 12 parts at my Random blog. Every section EXCEPT part one is subtitled in English (sorry: but if you skip past you still get the gist) ~ to watch it all click HERE.

To See Gledwood's Entire Blog...

DID you find my blog via a Google or other search? Are you stuck on a post dated some time ago? Do you want to read Gledwood Volume 2 right from "the top" ~ ie from today?
If so click here and you'll get to the most recent post immediately!

Drugs Videos

Most of these come from my Random blog, which is an electronic scrapbook of stuff I thought I might like to view at some time or other. For those who want to view stuff on drugs I've collected the very best links here. Unless otherwise stated these are full-length features, usually an hour or more.

If you have a slow connexion and are unused to viewing multiscreen films on Youtube here's what to do: click the first one and play on mute, stopping and starting as it does. Then, when it's done, click on Repeat Play and you get the full entertainment without interruption. While you watch screen one, do the same to screens 2, 3 and so on. So as each bit finishes, the next part's ready and waiting.

Mexican Black Tar Heroin: "Dark End"

Khun Sa, whose name meant Prince Prosperous, had been, before his death in the mid 2000s, the world's biggest dealer in China White Heroin: "Lord of the Golden Triangle"

In-depth portrait of the Afghan heroin trade at its very height. Includes heroin-lab bust. "Afghanistan's Fateful Harvest"

Classic miniseries whose title became a catchphrase for the misery of life in East Asian prison. Nicole Kidman plays a privileged middle-class girl set up to mule heroin through Thai customs with the inevitable consequences. This is so long it had to be posted in two parts. "Bangkok Hilton 1" (first 2 hours or so); "Bangkok Hilton 2" (last couple of hours).

Short film: from tapwater-clear H4 in the USA to murky black Afghan brown in Norway: "Heroin Addicts Speak"

Before his untimely death this guy kept a video diary. Here's the hour-long highlights as broadcast on BBC TV: "Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict". Thanks to Noah for the original link.

Some of the most entertaining scenes from Britain's top soap (as much for the poor research as anything else). Not even Phil Mitchell would go from nought to multi-hundred pound binges this fast: "Phil Mitchell on Crack" (just over 5 minutes).

Scientist lady shows us how to cook up gear: "How Much Citric?" Lucky cow: her brown is 70% purity! Oddly we never see her actually do her hit... maybe she got camera shy...

And lastly:

German documentary following a life from teenage addiction to untimely death before the age of 30. The decline in this girl's appearance is truly shocking. "Süchtig: Protokoll einer Hilflosigkeit". Sorry no subtitles; this is here for anyone learning German who's after practice material a little more gripping than Lindenstraße!

Nosey Quiz! Have you ever heard voices when you weren't high on drugs?

Manic Magic

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