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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!

Monday, December 06, 2010


It is 4am. Still not sleeping. Tomorrow/later today I see a dr. No idea what is going to happen. 50:50 hospital or not.

Thanks to everyone who has sent messages of support. I am in no state to answer comments or emails.

Shout to Anna Grace in Wisconsin, USA, who knows more than anyone I know what "this" means.

Hi to everyone else. If I start naming names I will never stop.

Shop closed. Over and out. (For now.)


lizzydripping said...

i hope it went okay today,
best wishes
L x

Akelamalu said...

I hope you're OK Gleds. :(

Anonymous said...

good luck!!! i would say from experience that giving up drinking and b at the same time is not a god idea....that strong cider doesnt take much to make a bit of dependence...i would say that the way you feel is not full on dts but def a bit of alcohol w/d. i hope your doctor is good andtreats you w respect...love your blog and the hamsters....e

Jeannie said...

All the best for you.

Lady Anon said...

Thinking of you...

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thinking of you, Gleds. Love from Simi and me. xx woof!

gem said...

Hope the doctors can fix you xx

the guy in the silk taffeta dress said...

All the best to you.
All the best to your motivation, whichever direction it is.
Hoping you are safe & well always,

the guy in the silk taffeta dress said...

I hope & pray you accomplish your goals & ambitions.
You got a great support team going on in here and I know how important that is, vital, even.
I believe if you want something badly enough you can accomplish it.
I wish you the very best, always,
PS The baby in the picture looks so contented & serene.Hopefully we'll all look & feel as well as he does ...someday,

Deb said...

gleds...when I come back here, it's just for you.

sorry to year you're not up to commenting...in your corner.



Anonymous said...

Kinda wish I had Magic Words, Something that might shine a light in Your distress.
You said about a falling box of Works (needles), I remember a story from ages ago someone told me about a mcdonalds toilet also a shooting gallery and how some poor underpaid McD employee went in to clean it, knocked the raised cistern and all these works fell on his head! (Poor Guy) I laughed my arse off! I think Junkie Humour can be quite dark.
Don't know why I mention this.

I hope Monday's appointment is Good for You. I know I'm new here but I Wish You Well.
Good Luck,
ps. Word Verification noranne reminds me No Rain by Blind Melon a song, check it out, Your kind of thing, Do I know?

Anna Grace said...

Thanks for the shout out! Right at this moment I'm talking to u on my blog. Its all shite, but its geared towards you and your comment. I'm awake. You woke me up.

Anna Grace said...

Come talk to me on my blog. If your up to it.

Syd said...

Hope that you get the doctor appointment and some good help. This past week has been so destructive it seems.

Gledwood said...

Dr appointment is Tomorrow as in Thursday.

thanks everyone

so typical of me to miss an entire post out comments replying wise


sorry Anna missed that opportunity completely as too tired then to blog any more!



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

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