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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!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Musical Interlude

Big George was going on about this
at 3 in the morning last night (on BBC London radio and if you click, the times are wrong: 2am-6am) and it reminded me how much I like it.
I remember it popping up from nowhere and hitting number one.
And I like the distinctive sound thing intro whatever at the beginning.
I did try and tell the Pandable story but I'm turning into Charles Dickens. Never using one word when 125 will do... so it'll have to wait till tomorrow and the heavily redacted version.
Anyway; the song:

Men at Work article, Wikipedia. Apparently the intro is a flute. Strange kind of flute to me, but there you go. A court case was held over this years later and it was ruled that although the "riff" was lifted from a song called Kookaburra, it wasn't an inherent part of the song and the plaintiffs were thus entitled to only a 5% share of songwriting (which probably adds up to a lot).


Reeny's Ramblin' said...

On a hippie trail head full of zombie! I met a strange lady, she made me nervous, she took me in and gave me breakfast....

Ha! This used to be one of the number on songs on the late night video dance party circuit!

Cept' this one time we had an Aussie over and that was SUPER lame ;)

Gledwood said...

I once reduced a roomful of Aussies to tears of laughter by saying in my poshest voice: "If I don't get some tucker I'll cark it"...

Reeny's Ramblin' said...

Aussie's play some crazy ass drinking games, from what I can remember of being 21...

I want to say that they were wearing cowboy hats and tight jeans but alas, they were not.

Gledwood said...

No corks on strings then..??

Aussies seem to really like hats. I think they need them. That ozone hole is right over Southern Australia...

Reeny's Ramblin' said...

WTF are corks on strings?

Also, I am not sitting on your blog waiting for responses, just tryin to drain the last 20 min of this work a day world.

Baino said...

Ha Iremember that during my backpacky travels erm . . a long time ago, it was on the English charts. The court case was such a farce, people will do anything for money! And might I say as an officianado of silly hats, this is one Aussie who doesn't own a cork hat (don't drink Fosters either but I lubs me Vegemite)

Syd said...

I do like Fosters and have been to Australia. Friendly people.

Merle said...

Hi Gleds ~~ Single barrelled blogger.
There are some strange songs that do so well and others don't. Down under
has a bright sound to it. Apparently
stolen. I do not live in Melbourne, but at least 2 hours north of it. So
the birds I feed are mostly pigeons,
sparrows and blackbirds. Sometimes,I
get a magpie or two or willy-wagtail.
Take good care of yourself my friend
Best wishes, Merle.

Gattina said...

I think the guy in Brussels would rather serve beer and spill it around, lol !

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Sarcastic Bastard said...

I liked Men at Work, too.

Sweden said...

you should hear the acoustic version of "land down under" by the original singer collin hay its fantastic, heres the link

jams o donnell said...

It's one of those songs that makes me feel nostalgic for the 80s and my youth!



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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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?

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