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DIARY OF A SLOWLY RECOVERING HEROIN ADDICT

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!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Reply!

FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY'S PROFESSOR OF JAPANESE! He emailed me back! I can't believe it. I'm flattered that someone so high up such a posh ivory tower would write to a drug addict like me. (Of course my email mentioned nothing about my personal circumstances, but you get where I'm coming from.) He gave three book titles I was able to key into Amazon, and comparing reviews and other recommendations finally get somewhere.

I am still hammering away at (attemptedly) finding university courses that might be suitable. As it's now standing it looks like it will be FAR CHEAPER to study German IN GERMANY... and a lot of the universities I looked at offer it in combination with Japanese minor.

Tuition fees in Germany are nonexistent (Berlin Free University) or about £500 a year at some other places - compared to £3300 per annum everywhere here.

And if you ARE going to study German, it seems more than faintly bizarre to move to Manchester to do it... when I could get on a better course in Deutschland!

My German is presently WAY too weak to apply now - even if I DID win the lottery... but in a year or two's time ... who knows!

Longterm readers of this page might feel slightly confounded by my past fixations on Spanish... Hebrew... German... Japanese... Can't I pick one thing and stick with it? I'm afraid my mind doesn't work that way. I circle round, like an intellectual vulture (wearing reading glasses) and after tearing away at several putrid carcasses at last find a fresh one that pleases me...

And so it was with these languages. And if I DO apply to an undergrad course, experience has told me you ought ONLY go for things towards which you are highly motivated. Otherwise university will be a dreary time-and-a-half... Or to drop out and fail as I did ... TWICE!

Got to go. I'm off to check Amazon Reviews again...

8 comments:

Akelamalu said...

I'm pleased you got a reply Gleds - well done that professor!

I hope you do get to go to Germany and learn the language to the standard you would like. :)

Syd said...

Glad that you heard back and have a plan. It's good to have goals and a passion for something.

Keshi said...

follow ur dreams, chase em, and even if some of them dun come true, atleast u tried :)

Good luck Gledz n tnxx for stopping by to say Hi!

Cheers
Keshi.

Janice said...

Run after your dreams, Gled, chase it down and grab it and hold it in a head lock!

Janice~

Reeny's Ramblin' said...

There is an optomistic tone in this entry! V. nice :)

Baino said...

Studying a language in it's country of origin has to be the best option. Not only do you get the theoretical tuition but you also practice their vernacular and begin to 'think' in that language. Good luck!

Gledwood said...

AKELAMALU: I KNOW WASN'T THAT QUICK!

SYD: AYE! AND I LUURVE JAPANESE. (+ GERMAN LITERATURE...)

KESHI: THANKS. I SHALL!

JANICE: I WILL MURDER THE SWINE!

(OR MAYBE I'M TOO NICE FOR MURDER ...)

REENY: AYE! ;->...

BAINO: YES IT DOES SEEM VERY BIZARRE TO STUDY IT ANYWHERE ELSE.

HAVING SAID THAT THAT "GERMAN AS SECOND LANGUAGE DEGREE" LOOKED TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE AND WAS. IT WAS FOR GERMAN AS SECOND LANGUAGE STUDENTS FROM ABROAD DOING THE 2ND/3RD YEAR OF A LANGUAGES DEGREE, WHICH YOU ALWAYS DO ABROAD, IN GERMANY ...

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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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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!































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