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Friday, 12 January 2007
Letter to those in Danger
Mood:  blue
Now Playing: at giving out serious WARNINGS
Topic: Drugs

To Those On The Slope

An Open Letter To Chipper & All Those Many People Like Him

THIS IS MY HEARTFELT MESSAGE to all those of you who are dabbling with heroin. I  know there are many of you. To use Chipper’s words (the title of his blog) you are playing with fire.

    Heroin is not called a hard drug for nothing. “Hard drug” means an addictive one. Heroin feels remarkably soft and mild. And warm and friendly and strangely fulfilling. That’s where its deceptive nature lies. Hard drugs are hard precisely because they feel so soft. Because you can (in the beginning) use pretty much as frequently as you choose without feeling many ill-effects. This “use me, use me — use me more” should set off alarm bells. Life on heroin isn’t living. Heroin eventually replaces life.

    If, say, you’re doing 2 days out of every 3 clean (my friend Chipper’s 72-hour rule) you’re living two-thirds of your life clean. Are these clean days any less valuable to you than the ones you use on? Are your clean days so very intolerable? If so, the heroin is getting to you already. Trust me, you don’t want it to get to you any more.

    Until it truly “got” me, got right under my skin, hooked me with its formidable chemical bonds, I honestly had no idea quite how addictive this stuff really is.

    Quit Smoking clinics often compare nicotine to heroin. Frankly, this is just to make tobacco smokers feel better about their habit. For there is no comparison. Ever seen someone with their head down the toilet because they need a cigarette?

    Well, then!

    Kicking heroin, well and truly stopping for good and turning your back on it, the world you took it in and everyone you know is just about the hardest thing anyone could ever achieve.

    That is why that angry guy Jamie keeps shouting on your blog, Chipper. Because being “clean” is a hard-won state to be in. You’re two-thirds of the way there, yet you don’t seem to appreciate this.

    There’s nothing glamorous about a helter-skelter ride that ends in the pits, believe me. An addiction to hard drugs is about as much fun as a bus ride along a main road — with a five year-old child at the wheel. You’re putting your most base and childish instincts in control. But the grown-up you must face the pain and the consequences and the wreckage this causes.

    If you CAN stop now, you MUST.

    If you CAN’T, you must at least admit that you do have a problem.

    Otherwise you might just look back to this time and see this new direction you’re hurtling along in as the worst wrong turn you ever took in your life.


Posted by gledwood at 11:18 AM GMT
Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007 11:33 AM GMT

Friday, 12 January 2007 - 12:04 PM GMT

Name: "Ivy"
Home Page: http://nostoppingplace.blogspot.com

I thought you were a girl.. On chipper's page in one of his entries he mentions you as a guy.. Sorry for being wrong. PS. Liked your letter. 

Friday, 12 January 2007 - 12:18 PM GMT

Name: "Gledwood"
Home Page: http://gledwood.tripod.com/blog

Don't worry about it  !!

Gleds

Friday, 12 January 2007 - 4:37 PM GMT

Name: "jamie"

"Gledwood" wrote:

Don't worry about it  !!

Gleds


Glenwood  . ..I didnt mean to shout on Chippers blog  , in retrospect I guess I was yelling to Chipper or anyone else in his shoes who thinks they can play with the dragon and not get bit , hard . Your open letter is very upfront and honest , i respect what youve done very much . I wouldnt wish my monkey on anyone elses back nor would I say to a younger person getting high is cool . Chipper, I dont have a blog , im sure youve read Glenwoods and his story is my story too , youve done great things in your life , find a differant story to live ,ours is one of pain and not the kind of pain you have in your back either . Sorry to anyone if Im being a buzz kill , Im really not  .

Friday, 12 January 2007 - 4:48 PM GMT

Name: "heroinegirl"
Home Page: http://recoveringbeauty.blogspot.com/

 
 
 Hello darling!    I have seen you around - like your style. Wanna link trade?
 
 
 
"jamie" wrote:
"Gledwood" wrote:

Don't worry about it  !!

Gleds


Glenwood  . ..I didnt mean to shout on Chippers blog  , in retrospect I guess I was yelling to Chipper or anyone else in his shoes who thinks they can play with the dragon and not get bit , hard . Your open letter is very upfront and honest , i respect what youve done very much . I wouldnt wish my monkey on anyone elses back nor would I say to a younger person getting high is cool . Chipper, I dont have a blog , im sure youve read Glenwoods and his story is my story too , youve done great things in your life , find a differant story to live ,ours is one of pain and not the kind of pain you have in your back either . Sorry to anyone if Im being a buzz kill , Im really not  .

Saturday, 13 January 2007 - 1:04 PM GMT

Name: "Gledwood"
Home Page: http://gledwood.tripod.com/blog

CHIPPER! 

I'm leaving this on mine and yours. RSVP, please!!

Chip-chip-Chipper? Where are you hiding? They're amply supplied with internet in Canada, I'm well aware... come on, man! Look if you want to use, go on and use it and tell us about it. That is, after all, what your blog's about. Don't you think it's better to be able to talk to us about your heroin stuff than just being totally alone with it? I know I was pretty vehement in what I said, but I wasn't just addressing you. Come on, you know what I mean I'm sure. There's some young impressionable people out there who don't have the same nice job/business trips/other distractions as you. It was for them I was writing as well. As for the comments box dialogue-- we've all been where you are now, we know how you feel, looking forward to the high days. Nobody wants to see you get hurt, that's all... Tell us how you are-- please...
Yours truly
Gledwood

Sunday, 14 January 2007 - 4:08 PM GMT

Name: "chipper"
Home Page: http://playingwithfire.blogdrive.com

Hi, Gledwood!  Sorry I've been out of touch, I've just been burning the candle at both ends lately.  Thank you so very, very much for what you wrote.  It shows me that you care.  And that means ever so much to me.

 I wrote a more detailed answer on my blog, too.  Thanks again.

Sunday, 14 January 2007 - 9:07 PM GMT

Name: "Gledwood"
Home Page: http://gledwood.tripod.com/blog

Thanxx for getting back in touch. I thought I was off your Xmas card list for good for a minute there...!!

Sunday, 14 January 2007 - 9:11 PM GMT

Name: "Gledwood to Recovering Beauty"
Home Page: http://gledwood.tripod.com/blog

To Recovering Beauty Heroinegirl: I've added your link already. Hope you arrived in Aus safe & sound.

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