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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 26, 2009




These mystery critters of the seas are like artefacts from a wild dream.

There are 47 species of seahorses ~ genus hippocampus ~ worldwide.

Dwarf seahorses are only about an inch (2.5cm) long. The largest seahorses are the Central American 30cm/ 1 foot-long Hippocampus ingens.

Seahorses are usually found in warm tropical and subtropical shallow reef-waters.

Seahorses are weak but incredibly graceful swimmers who seem to glide upright through the water. They cannot survive strong currents and require plenty of seaweed, reeds or other vegetation to hang on to.

This see how tiny this pygmy seahorse is compared to the plants:

Some species have the most incredible coloration, like this ghostly individual:

Others are camouflaged incredibly well:

See how sharply Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) from the Western Pacific contrasts against this neutral background... more like a clay-modelled figure than a real-life trotterdonkey of the deep:

Seahorses are unique among creatures in that the males give birth and can carry newborn babies in a pouch.

Look at these psychedelic youngsters:

... and these tiny stragglers ...

These are the videos I forgot to put on yesterday:

Diver meets wild seahorse. See what I mean about a dream-artefact...?

2: Seahorses found in River Thames:

... Have a cheery weekend, y'all!


Merle said...

Hello Gleds ~~ Interesting article
Gleds with info that I didn't know.
Like the males give birth and carry the young in a pouch. Most unusual.

Thanks for your comments - the peas I mentioned were flowers
Sweet Peas.You can buy snap peas and snow peas, BUT you are right, You can't buy ordinary peas to shell and I miss them. Do you have a pic of Mother shelling peas. Take care,my friend Cheers, Merle.

Anonymous Drifter said...

Learned some stuff here. Great post.

Puss-in-Boots said...

I really like seahorses purely for the fact that the males give birth.

Do you realise we have a small section of grey matter in the brain called the hippocampus because it is vaguely seahorse shaped?

Another piece of useless information for you...

Baino said...

Best of all, the boys have the babies! Oh yeah!

Gledwood said...

Merle: So sweet peas don't actually give out edible peas?.. Well I never knew that... Must be like flowering cherries/etc..?

No I haven't actually got that picture at home but it was in a book we had featuring the Tate Gallery collection from London and I always remember "Mother Shelling Peas" ... my Gran used to do the same thing on before Sunday lunch ...

AD: ;->...

Pussinboots: I never made that connexion... and as for it actually being seahorse-shaped ~ that's unreal!

Baino: ... aye, and they don't seem to be in too much agony either!!

Syd said...

Seahorses are fascinating. I have always liked them so much. And being a marine scientist, I've interacted with quite a few different species.

Jeannie said...

Hey Gleds - there's a lady who lives in the UK whose blog I follow who is a sober alcoholic (but does not say as much on her blog) and would be happy to be an email buddy if you need one to help you through. I don't think she wants her email posted here but you can email me at justmejeannie@gmail.com if you think you could use some support and I will pass it along.



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

Manic Magic

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