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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!

Friday, September 04, 2009

More Hamster Stuff!

SO IT LOOKS LIKE I HAVE TO FIND HAMSTERS for this hamster townhouse, doesn't it?

It looks awfully "bleak and drear", as the Brontës might say, with no trottings of tiny feet within ...

A closer look last night revealed that it has never been used (the doors and window on the plastic hammyhouse with a gay pink roof hadn't even been popped out yet). It does indeed have three storeys, unlike the 2-storey one illustrated yesterday. They connect as platforms via wire ladders. The accommodation is big enough to accommodate a 12" rat wheel, if desired. You just move the platform which would be in the way to the other side.

Unfortunately, it appears the bars would be too wide for baby robos, which can squeeze themselves literally pencil-thin. So it might have to be Russian "winter white" dwarf hamsters, which are twice as big as roborovskis (Mongolian pygmy hamsters).

So there we go ...

O I don't know: I still might go for Mongolian pygmy hamsters again. Trouble was last time I had to travel about 50 light years to get them. Most pet shops won't stock them "they're too fast, unhandle-able and are not suitable for children" I was gruffly informed upon my last set of enquiries ...


Akelamalu said...

What about just ordinary hamsters?

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I like the Mongolian pygmys. They are nice looking little guys.

Sending love Gleddy,


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Gledwood:)

I am fascinated by these pets you have. This is the first time I am reading about someone having hamsters as pets. Are they not difficult to handle?

They look very small and cute. Perhaps they need a certain climatic condition and temperature to survive. Do they make any sound?

Very interesting.

Have a nice day Gled:)

molson said...

Nice find on the trotter cage. If you go for the mini trotters, just lace some cardboard strips into the bars of the ramps. Then they won't fall through. They probably don't need it though. Now you just have to decide who is going to occupy the new crib.

Gledwood said...

AKELAMALU: you can only have one. But I might do that. At least it would be x100 easier to grab hold of if it got free ...

SB: yeah ... I don't know ...

JP: they don't normally make a noise unless squabbling in which case they squeak like a children's toy. The very small type are very difficult to handle. They appear to have been tamed then suddenly jump on the floor and can go missing for days on end. The bigger the hamster definitely the easier to handle

MOLSON: they wouldn't need cardboard ramps (probably) ~ I'm more concerned about them squeezing their way to freedom. Then they'd have to live in a giant plastic stack-n-store container because I think most glass ones are too small ...

molson said...

Maybe a nice wrap with window screen would do the trick otherwise the tiniest of trotters might be out as the new palace is not robo secure. I guess you will just have to upsize the trotter from micro to mini and backoff a little on the ping, unless only the pingiest of trotters will do.

Syd said...

Yeah, hamsters again which means hamster photos and getting to know them by name. I'm glad that you are getting more. They are adorable.

Gledwood said...

MOLSON: I might have to store them in a transparent stack-n-store box. They're only about £8 for a humungous one ...

SYD: I still don't know which ones to get. A humungous tubby "regular" one or three Russian "winter whites". I would love to see them go white in winter. The winter white I did have stayed grey bc I left the lights on far too much ...



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.

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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

Manic Magic

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