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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!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Shall I get more baby hammies...?

AFTER FEELING DEATHLY DEPRESSED this morning, after I woke up at the cheery hour of FOUR A.M... I did at last manage to lighten up... and can now report being in a thoroughly hamsterific mood!!
Long-term readers of this blog, as well as the sharper-eyed will know from the title Heroin and Hamsters that I did indeed used to keep no fewer than THREE roborovski Mongolian pygmy social hamsters who lived in furry harmony for nearly two years... until one after the other they kicked the can, the entire lot of them, in the space of about three months.
I now find myself with no fewer than two luxury fishtanks (one cracked; the other quite possibly ready to go with fishies, tropical snails, freshwater shrimp, African dwarf frogs... the whole shebang...) and a luxury three story cage. That wheel looks so miserable not a-turning. I need life in my house. (My life, if you call it that, does not count!)

THIS is an African dwarf frog, sharing with a white Siamese fighter.
Not sure I'd go for that colour when those fish are available in indigo-red... but each to his own...

I used to have one of these:

This is the sort of tropical set-up I'd like if I keep fish. Neon (or cardinal) tetras and sucker loaches.
These are a lively pair:

This is an interesting aquatic "community"...

Why are these sapphires so cheap..?


Anonymous said...

You gotta be careful with them damn frogs - keep escaping!

Jeannie said...

Of course you should get yourself some furry little babies! Fish are ok to look at but they aren't warm blooded.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I think it would help with the depression to get the hamsters. My cats and dog help me a lot.

Sending love,


Syd said...

I think that more hamsters would be great. I enjoyed seeing them and reading about them.

Gattina said...

Why don't you take a guinea pig ? they are so intelligent and a real company. We had one together with a dog and a cat and he was the boss !

Baino said...

Definitely more hammies. Fish take too much looking after, especially tropicals. I had freshwater fish for years but never managed to keep them successfully for more than 12 months. Go the furries!

TerminallyUniq said...

Ooh, I'm definitely with the voters for more hamsters!!! And look at that colorful, amazing mansion they have to run and play in!!! I am impressed with that :)

I agree with the others; pets do help with the depression, and we your readers certainly love to keep updated about the cute little guys!

Gledwood said...

I don't actually OWN the mansion house... I have a 3 storey cage and 2 tanks. 1 is probably suitable for fish, the other definitely isn't as the bottom pane is cracked.
Guinea swines I would like to try, but they are quite big so would need a hutch. I saw a wonderful huge one with professionally fitted roof next to a house a few months ago. I was hoping the owners didn't want it, but hadn't the transport to shift it home. It was probably worth about £300/$500...
I agree fish are a bit of a bind ~ I cannot move house if I have fish and they have the right to move me with no notice...



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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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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