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|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 8, 2009, 10:54 PM|
|What's good? My name is Scott and this is my first post and/or topic on this board. I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone and give everyone new and old to introduce themselves as well.
I'm 29, from Boston, Massachusetts and am an addict.
I look forward to joining the board.
Hope your having a great day.
|Posted by: jackofhartzz February 8, 2009, 11:09 PM|
Hows Boston these days?- - Havent been up there in a few years
I think you will find the site helpful,insightful, and supportive
|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 8, 2009, 11:20 PM|
Things in Boston have been pretty awful weather wise. After a few mild winters the snow definitely came this year.
In terms of other diabolical "things," I feel like I need to get out of here for that reason alone. But I know location change isn't a cure-all.
I love the city though. Aside from the winters, I love living in the Northeast.
Talk to you soon.
I hope others introduce themselves as well.
|Posted by: AliceP February 8, 2009, 11:26 PM|
|Hi Scott - I'm Alice and I'm an addict. I have four months clean. I live outside of Philadelphia. Welcome to the Board. Stick around. There are some fine people on this site. I am usually on the pain pills board but like to hang on the heroin board as well. Tell us some more about yourself.|
|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 8, 2009, 11:36 PM|
Congratulations on the four months! :)
I'm from Boston. I've lived here my entire life. I've done my share of traveling and experiencing of other cultures, but that was until I turned into a freak show.
Ive been trying to do a lot of art lately. Kinda been keeping me occupied, being newly clean again. Here is a shot of some of my last work: [Block Printing]
|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 8, 2009, 11:43 PM|
|I did find this on the board randomly tonight and thought it was a great piece:
Posted by jackofharts June 21, 2005, 4:58 AM
|Posted by: MomNMore February 9, 2009, 12:20 AM|
|Hey Scott, you're pretty good at the quote thing for a newbie.
Mother of a recovering cross addicted daughter (cocaine, heroin). I am in your area, south of Boston, and I highly recommend the board as a place to find support. You sound pretty cheery for an addict making a first post...where's your head at? You okay with where you are? Working recovery? Stuck in a rut? Going to meetings? Inquiring minds want to know? (Okay, so nosy mothers want to know...whatever =)
The post you found was Jack's from a couple years back...good stuff.
Welcome - MomNMore
|Posted by: jackofhartzz February 9, 2009, 6:24 AM|
|Yeah, I wrote that 4 or 5 yrs ago. I was already on a methadone program at that time, it was just reminding myself of the "ground hog day" like horror.
You know - when you wake up and think its going to be different- only in never is.
As a matter of fact, I just woke up drank my medicine and am having a little coffee to start the day. I get 6 take home bottles now. The last time I was there(at my clinic)- my counselor called me in. I knew it couldn't be for anything bad, (man, that's a good feeling)- so I walked in to see her and now because Im a patient in good standing ,who has stayed clean (no heroin or illicit drugs) for so long ,I was offered bi-monthlies- that means I would only have to go twice a month.-
I mean -OK- Im on methadone, but I know of the horrors of chasing heroin, and this drug therapy is keeping me away from that whole scene.
The problem is , the recent lay off . As most of you know my long time job of 13-14 yrs was eliminated ,do to this rotten economy (they decided to outsource everything,and now their is no need for a production supervisor anymore)
To get bi-monthlies they want to see your paychecks every now and then. They aren't going to give all those take homes to someone who isn't working.
It is going to be a problem after 3 months is up, and my severance pay is finished.- but Ill think of something. Hopefully I,ll have a job by then.
The prospects look bleak for someone my age to walk in and receive all that I was making and all that I had worked for- right from the beginning- I certainly wasn't a management type who can demand certain things like I had.
However,I should be able to find something,with time, to be satisfactory.
I'm not dissolutioned, I know sacrifices will have to be made,but what am I going to do?
Even after all this time,I know that not working,having all that time on my hands,an un-employment check coming in - could be a recipe for disaster. By going to work everyday ,I had a sense of purpose,I was full of confidence and my self esteem was high.- - I already feel the change, Im feeling a little lazy, growing a beard, and pretty much (if I get honest here) know that I have 3 months of pay and benefits coming. So I'm making doctor appointments and dentist appointments to use up all the insurance. Looking for work hasn't been on my radar yet -but Hell, its only been since 1/21/09.
OK- I made this entirely too long. I'm sure most lost interest a long time ago
Everyone have a good day
Edit to say- M&M,I didn't know you were from S.Boston- I went to Curry Collage for a yr in Milton ,MA- at the end of the RED line ,before I was accepted to B.C- (Then it all fell apart)- ok well talk later
|Posted by: kymbo February 9, 2009, 9:51 AM|
|I'm Kym mum of 3, I'm an addict, but havnt used for nearly 2 yrs now, have been on and off this forum for a few years. And I'm from england|
|Posted by: jackofhartzz February 9, 2009, 10:03 AM|
We just love you guys
|Posted by: MomNMore February 9, 2009, 10:03 AM|
|Good morning, Jack. Yeah, we are halfway between Boston and the Cape. Nice area and been here all my life except when I went ot college in Vermont. Curry College, still going strong and about a mile from daughter's godfather...pass by often.
Jack, hang tough...I have a feeling things are gonna start looking up for you when the weather turns...
|Posted by: jackofhartzz February 9, 2009, 10:13 AM|
|Blue Hills rd- or something wasn't it?? The last stop on the Red line was Mattapan, if I can remember correctly from 1974 -75 "The Mass Yrs"
I used to hitch down rt 9 to Worcester (woo-sta) every week-end (old collage flame)
I loved the cape- but was it it with that little rock that call "Plymouth Rock"- ??people must have chipped away about a ton of it thru the years
|Posted by: Robbie February 9, 2009, 10:17 AM|
..Im Robbie from London..an addict currently on subutex..pleased to meet ya..
|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 9, 2009, 12:19 PM|
Oh, I've spent many a day on other message boards so I'm pretty hip to the code.
I'm trying to stay upbeat, been through it all before. Methadone, suboxone (Currently on), naltrexone, vivitrol, etc. Still relapsed. I even put together almost a year in 07 and fell off. I actually just got out of an outpatient program after a week stint in detox.
Were my head is... Well I'm still a mess. I'm currently doing the meeting thing and working recovery, not just "clean time." I am having apprehension about some of the step work though.
I'm happy I'm clean, but I'm not if that makes any sense?
I HATE where I am because I'm laid off and still trying to crawl out of the hole. Unemployment runs out in like 2 months.
|Posted by: daniegrl February 9, 2009, 2:03 PM|
My name is Danielle and I am from New Jersey. I came to the board (thank God) a while back because I needed to talk to someone. The people here are some of the most wonderful, smart, down to earth, helpful human beings I have ever come across. I am in love with an addict and needed some insight on how to deal with him and his problem. I've learned alot here and I am grateful for this sight.
My BF has been clean almost 90 days now and our lives have changed so much. One of the most important things these people have taught me is that IT CAN BE DONE! If you really really want it bad enough. One day at a time, one minute at a time.
|Posted by: Davey1 February 9, 2009, 4:19 PM|
|So Scott you are hip to the code.....if there is such a thing.....and please dont quote me.My name is David im from Ireland,but spent more than 10yr. as an addict in London,i thought coming back to Ireland would solve all my problems....not a hope.I have been clean 2+yrs apart from a few one day slips,im on a l/t methadone script(80)ml,which to me has worked wonders....ive got a skilled job as a welder.....but who knows whats ahead of me in these times of unemployment also i have custody of my 9yr.old daughter....reason being my ex.is a chronic heroin and crack addict.Now ive said my piece maybe you should let us know about you,seeing you named the thread THE OFFICIAL!!!etc......Im a bit wary of things official LOL Scott welcome pal....ya will find plenty of good folks on here to chat to and exchange views.Take it handy...... .... Davey.|
|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 9, 2009, 11:22 PM|
|@ daniegrl - Thanks for the support. I try and take things in the moment, I can't seem to keep myself in the day.
@ Davey1 - Well, my story... I'm basically a little over 2 months clean and am currently taking 24mg of suboxone per day. (8mg X 3 times a day). I've tried numerous avenues before. Inpatient. Outpatient. Solo. Scott's plan. Nothing has ever worked for me. The most clean time I had was 11 months until my ex-fiancee and I broke up. Then I fell off the wagon until this last attempt at recovery.
I find that the meetings help. I'm also in a group every Tuesday in Jamaica Plain and that helps in itself. But the step work and the meetings has really helped so far. I figure I'll keep going until I get it... Boy, I really need to "get it" and actually keep it this time. I'm just going to end up dead or in jail.
It's funny how life puts tests in front of you constantly. Tonight, at a meeting, I ran into the kid who shot me up with dope for the first time. It brought back plenty of memories. We used to run together. He's still a junkbox. Caught on Monday with a half finger of dope in a school zone. Not to mention it's his fifth offense. Can anyone say repeat offender? He's effed. It just reiterated to me that is the road I am traveling. But it doesn't have to be that way.
I won't lie though, it did make me think of using and I am still working through it, but as long as I don't use today I'll be ok. Who knows about tomorrow. But today? I am staying clean.
|Posted by: daniegrl February 9, 2009, 11:58 PM|
|hey again Scott,
I am so glad that your clean. your story is VERY similar to my BF. he was on a raod to either death or jail. our relationship was in the s***ter and his family was done with him. the only difference is that he quit cold turkey. he was running HARD and shooting up to almost 15 bags per day. the first three or four days he did the suboxone. he stopped that because he said he didn't want to go from one dependancy to another. it took about a month for him to feel normal and take that first solid crap, but he did it. and now he just celebrated 90 days clean. HE SWEARS by the meetings and most days he hits 2 per day. morning and evening. he has a sponsor and also does the Tuesday night thing where they work the steps. I am so proud of him. He has yet to tell me that he is proud of himself because he is still trying to work through the guilt of all the s*** he put himself, me & his family through during his addiction. It was the worst time of my life......wondering every time the phone rang if it was going to be news of him dead or in jail. just wondering..... have you thought about tapering yourself off of the sub? I've heard it's not so bad to come off.
anyway, you came to the right place. there is ALWAYS someone here for you to talk to at all hours of the day and night. It's been a blessing to me. The people here have kept me sane. I can't tell you the hours I have spent reading stories and nightmares. I have laughed and cried while taking it all in.
Take care of yourself and stay in the moment if that is what works for you. Like they say in the meetings......Just for Today. Whatever happens, pick up the phone, call your sponsor, log onto the board and talk to someone.....just don't use. Play the tape. That's what my BF says. Every time he thinks of picking up even just one more time...he plays the tape in his head. The tape is where he was at 90 days ago when he "hit the wall" and nobody wanted anything to do with him. Even the dealers couldn't stand him anymore.
All the best to you and God Bless.
|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 10, 2009, 12:41 AM|
@ jackofhearts - Yeah, Blue Hill Ave. I take that to my Tuesday night groups in Jamaica Plain, MA.
I have to give you a huge kudos for sticking by your man. I know many times us addicts aren't that lucky to still have those we care about in our lives. When we get clean, anything is possible, but until that day, many of us are out of luck. And rightfully so.
With all this guilt shame and self loathing I harbor toward myself (which, in itself, was a source or "excuse" for my using) I can completely understand exactly where your boyfriend is coming from. I've tried to get clean so many times, I have numerous one day key chains as well as 30 and 60 days. It's been a 13 year battle that started waging war when I was 16.
In terms of the suboxone, I've kicked methadone cold turkey, oxy's cold turkey and dope cold turkey. I've been on suboxone plenty of times, but I never took it as prescribed. I'd use it to either get by or sell it to cop. This time I take it as directed so I'm not too sure about the whole detox from them. I've been tapered off it in detox units and had no issues. Some minor stuff like sleep and going to the can.... the usual suspects that come right along with addiction/withdrawal.
One thing that you said really made me think. When you said about substituting one addiction for another, it made me think of the argument I've heard (but don't agree with) that if you're clean of all drugs except the suboxone, you're not really clean. I've heard numerous takes on this situation and I don't really agree with that. But on the flip side, I can't give a drug a free pass because it's prescribed. [IE OXYS].
Anyway, I wish you and your boyfriend the best. He's a lucky man to have you by his side supporting him. I'll keep both of you in my prayers.
...And congrats to him on his three months!!
If you ever need to talk you can always reach me here or on my email which is firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted by: AliceP February 10, 2009, 12:48 AM|
|Hey Scott - I forgot to compliment your artwork. Pretty cool stuff! Do you make the blocks and then stamp them? How do you do that type of work?
I hope you stick around. This is an interesting bunch. So how do you like us so far??
|Posted by: thingsithinkithink February 10, 2009, 12:56 AM|
Thank you for the compliments Alice!
What I do is I buy these blocks with this linoleum substance on the top layer of it. I then draw the picture I am going to carve out on the block. I carve out things that I want to look open. [IE around the red sox]
I then proceed to cut it out with a special carving tool for block printing. [3 different attachments. Big, medium, and small.]
Once complete, I use a special paint and a small special roller to apply the paint to the block. I then put the paper over the block and rub the back of the paper where the drawing is on the flip side. Pull off the paper and presto! Beautiful block prints!
I've really enjoyed my interactions thus far with everyone. The only other place I've ever seen as much hope, love, and compassion is in my NA meetings. You guy are great. I plan on staying awhile!
|Posted by: constantine February 10, 2009, 5:19 AM|
|Scott....welcome to the board...I grew up in Mass., but i live in Germany now...Ive been clean 9 months this month...glad to meet you...
*** Jack, bi-monthlies ?...I am SOOOOOOOOO jealous !!... lol..I want so much to have the 2 week take homes...I could actually go somewhere on the weekend ..like to visit my partner even !!....you just gave me hope that people DO get to do bi-monthly....Im hoping i will "graduate" soon ...:) sorry scott, didnt mean to highjack the thread....
|Posted by: jackofhartzz February 10, 2009, 5:40 AM|
Yeah its nice- but Im going to need prove of work now. Imagine that? After 13 freaking yrs- - Ill come up with something
I was going to comment on your artwork- but I saw a RedSox emblem- Im a new yorker my friend.. so .. .well you know -Long time Yankee fan and all- Hell >Im an old bast*** ,I was rooting for Mantle when I was a kid.
Knicks,Devils,and Giants in this house- - lol
I do like the Pats- when the Giants arent involved though- Love when they beat up the Jets
|Posted by: constantine February 10, 2009, 5:43 AM|
|Oh Lord Jack...a YANKEE fan ?...jeez, Im not sure Im even allowed to talk to you....lol....i grew up in a solid red sox house...:)
Proof of employment ?...after all this time ?...im not tracking anymore with the world, i think the planet has totally lost it...what else...
|Posted by: Zipper February 13, 2009, 6:26 PM|
|Jackohearts...that is one of the most descriptive & heartwrenching pieces of literature i've read in a long time! I've never done heroin but I truly understand the chase...thank you for sharing it.|
|Posted by: Davey1 February 13, 2009, 7:44 PM|
|Alrite all.....MnM sent me two Red Sox ts last year....one for me and another for my 9yr.old,they are good qaulity stuff LOL.....so its the Red Sox i root for....none of these Jets Or Pirates.....Red Sox sumthin everbody can relate to.....and Boston has the history of many Irish folks from the 1840s onto 1900 who went there for life and suceeded,many didnt.
Con Ms.im on a 13day takeout at my clinic....go give a ua get my dose for the day then leave with enuff for 13days......as Jack said ya mite have to be employed etc.......and i know yer travelling a lot due to this.routine.....bi-monthlys, by someone who has a pretty clean record like Jack...ua,s i mean should be a given the option of every working recovering addict,I go to mine after doing a 6am till 2pm shift,2hr. bus ride but i only do it twice a month ....a blessing for me Sian&my Ma,coz i know my Ma gets uptight when i go up to Dublin,knowing the dangers drugs can bring,coz she has seen me in some states over the yrs.P.S Con.....yer employed and clean so really think ya should go chase up yer doc,Take care all of yis...........Davey
|Posted by: Desiree February 19, 2009, 12:47 PM|
|Hi evberyone! I am new to the recovery board and this is my second post. I am a recovering addict, but I am on a methadone clinic so that I quit using heroin. I have never participated in a message board, so this is my first one. I need support because sometimes I feel that being methadone is cheating recovery, but if I wasn't taking methadone I would be still be out there hustling to get my dope. That was a nghtmare life! And I have been doing this dance with heroin for over 20 years, quitting at times, but never stopping completely. I sometimes wonder if other people feel this way, I don't know if people have the same crazy thoughts that I do being in recovery, but it is a crazy journey. Anyway this is me, and I am saying hi!|
|Posted by: misswildcat February 19, 2009, 2:25 PM|
|hey scott, i'm jessica! i'm 31 & mother of 2 girls ages 12 & 14. i live in south georgia but i'm from louisiana.born & raised in new orleans.i'm an addict thats been on methadone for the last 7 yrs. i had a pain pill addiction for 3 yrs prior to getting on methadone. i found this board about 2 weeks ago & i'm hooked.lol. i've been on it everyday since i found it. i am back & forth from the pain pills forum & this one. there seems to be some really great people on here & lots of helpful info. i really look forward to getting to know everyone a little better. well thats my story in a nutshell............jessica|
|Posted by: DallasWhizKid February 19, 2009, 2:55 PM|
|I really like what was written by Ithink. I have been there too many times and in even worse spots really. Thanks for that man. It puts things into perspective for real.
|Posted by: Zipper February 19, 2009, 5:37 PM|
|Desiree & Jessica: Welcome! Nice to meet you. I am Lisa and i am an alcoholic. I am usually on the alcohol board but I stop on by this board often because I find the posts very poignant and brutally honest. Heroine is one of my "yets" but I know I'd love it, so I've always stayed away from it. I guess I come to the heroine board to see that this addiction is just like alcohol for me...it is destructive and will devalue my life substantially, if it doesn't kill me.
Anyway, just wanted to welcome you two.
|Posted by: daniegrl February 20, 2009, 1:32 PM|
|Wow Scott! see what you started? that's awesome...........and a few new people. Cool. How are you? I hope your doing well. Sometimes I wish that all of us were in the same city so that I could invite you all over to our house and we could just hang out and BS all night!
Talk to you soon.
|Posted by: gratefulheart February 20, 2009, 2:04 PM|
|Hey all, I must be one of the oldest ex-addicts alive. My name is Debbie, I am 44 years old and am truly grateful to have the hell of drugs behind me. I have been clean for 4 years. I was on everything and anything - from alcohol to crack to heroine. I lost a four year old son to drowning and the day he died was the last day I used anything. How terrible I had to lose a child to see the proverbial light.
My husband and I have started a welfare for abused, abandoned and destitute people in South Africa. My husband has become a pastor. I found this sight accidentally while researching for a heroin addict who came to our centre. I have really enjoyed the responses and feedback from so many of you. This sight is better than face book. God bless all of you!
|Posted by: Zipper February 20, 2009, 5:38 PM|
|Welcome Debbie. Glad you found us. Congratulations on 4 years! I am sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Amazing how you took a bad situation and turned it into something positive & now helping others. Wonderful.|
|Posted by: Davey1 February 21, 2009, 9:15 AM|
|Alrite all......as DanieG.said its great to see some new people on the board us oltimers do try our best to welcome any new members....so Desiree,Jessica and D.w.k(like yer moniker pal) yer all most welcome hope ya all stick around......sorry i forgot Debbie,yer doin great things by the way in S.A albeit with a steep learning curve ahead but ya sound very capable,good luck to you and yer Husband,coz S.A of today is on its knees economically with huge drug and specially H.I.V issues....also Zipper good to see ya saying hello.All the best to ya all.................Davey|
|Posted by: X-abuser February 22, 2009, 8:34 AM|
|Hiya i am Leanne i am 24 and have a wee boy kieran he is 25myhs i am an addict i ahve b een clean the last 1yr and a half but im on methadone and have een for 5years i ahte it cant wait to hget off it i am reducing by 5mls a fortnight,
I am from Glasgow- UK -
goodluck to all and peace with joy...xxx
|Posted by: Jazwan February 23, 2009, 8:27 PM|
My man is a long time H addict who's doing good and getting better.
We have a little girl roughly the same age as Davey's Sian. The people on here keep me sane cuz it's such a long road that everyone's walking we need to share stuff along the way.
|Posted by: DeneseEsparza August 13, 2018, 7:01 AM|
I want to introduce myself now
I like animals. I'm a vegetarian. I like my job. I like working.