Okay, so I want to address two important things before I start spouting off with advice for addicts and intravenous drug users.
A Note to All Non-Addicts
The first important issue to address is actually for the readers who are not addicts, which I’m assuming is the “moral majority” here.
For non-addict readers, the first pissed off question that immediately demands to be answered is:
“Hey, wait a minute…are you encouraging drug addicts to keep using?!”
The answer to that is no, and the question is pretty stupid.
Sorry, I know they say there are no stupid questions, but these are probably the same people that filled your head with illusions of being whatever you wanted when you grow up too, so take it with a grain of salt.
Please note that this is not titled something like:
“10 Reasons Why You Should Start Shooting Meth Today!”
Which, in my opinion, would be encouraging people (addicts or not) to use drugs.
That’s certainly not my intention, nor do I see how it could be interpreted that way.
In fact, this is really not for people who don’t need the information.
So, that means I’m writing it for the people who are already choosing to engage in these behaviors. It honestly offers no value to people who don’t already do this type of thing.
A Note to All Addicts
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, I want to address something more relevant to the addict readers.
I’ll warn you, this is a sad confession and will probably depress the hell out of you (I know it does me) and if you have a sense of humor, might make you chuckle over the irony and sarcasm that comes with it.
So, here’s the unfortunate truth: if you actually need the tips and advice in this list, you are wasting your time reading this because you will not listen to any of them.
Man, doesn’t that just fucking suck?
Yeah, and the reason you won’t follow the advice of someone who has been there (myself, in this case) is because you are an addict.
Okay, now for something even worse…I haven’t followed any of my own advice either, for the most part.
Veins Are Not Forever
Veins don’t always last forever, so fucking take care of them if you want to keep getting high.
This is a huge one.
Just wait until you mess up your usual veins so bad that you can’t use them one day all of a sudden, after getting used to shooting up regularly.
Then you’ll know what I’m taking about and how much that sucks.
My advice is this: take care of your shit.
Veins will heal, but only if you let them.
That means leaving them the fuck alone and actually letting them heal, instead of continuing to tear them up with relentless poking and dozens of failed attempts.
You’re only fucking yourself in the ass in the long run by doing this.
Of course, I’m one to talk. I’m probably the worst when it comes to all that, so don’t think badly of yourself if you have trouble listening to this one.
Have Basic Respect for Other Addicts
Don’t judge any other addict who has done something for the sake of getting high, UNTIL you are in the exact same situation and have taken a different course of action that you deem better somehow.
It’s real easy to say something like:
“Oh my god, did you hear that so and so robbed a convenience store, took the money and bought an ounce of dope? I can’t believe that, how terrible! I would never do something like that!”
when you haven’t lost your job yet, or your parents are still taking care of your lame ass.
You don’t know what factors help decide a person’s course of action, nor have you been forced to choose one under the same circumstances.
So if your buddy who robbed the 7 11 was fresh out of jail, broke, homeless and on the verge of ending his own life before he decided to take a chance if it might mean getting high instead of dying, then you don’t have any place judging him until your ass is exactly where his was when he did it, you know what I’m sayin’?
What Goes Up Must Come Down
Never coming down will mean never getting as high as you’d like.
If you want to get fucked up, you need to take breaks.
Let me repeat myself: actually getting high requires some time in between where you are not high.
It’s just the way things work. It’s a motherfucker, and it’s name is Tolerance.
You don’t want to get too close to it, because it will take away that high and replace it with a dull “normal” feeling which should feel anything but normal.
If that’s the case, you’re doing too much too often.
Take breaks, the longer the better.
But if you have no self-discipline like me, then even a couple of days can do wonders.
Take however long you can.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Unless you’re planning on getting serious about quitting, the best and easiest way to go without for shorter periods of time (for whatever reasons you have for wanting or needing to do so) is to make sure that all things drug related are “out of sight, out of mind.”
That’s why they try and keep outside media that might trigger cravings away from you while you’re in treatment centers for drug addiction.
Because if you’re trying not to get high for a while, you’ll have a much higher success rate if you stay away from all things which make you think of getting high.
Do your best to stay away from any drug buddies during this time, unless they are staying away too.
Don’t expect to be very successful in that case, however.
Just go into it telling yourself it’s not an option and won’t be available, and with any sort of luck you’ll convince yourself and chill out about it for a while.
Best of luck.
Addiction Isn’t Cheap
If you want to get high everyday, you’ll have to figure out how to support an addiction as expensive as that.
Anything from bank robber to loser mooching off codependent significant other will suffice.
For me, the answer to this one was getting into escorting.
That worked out beautifully for me, and it would have been a perfect fit with or without the drugs involved.
While I’ve heard that many girls feel differently and would not escort if they were not using, I found myself very well conditioned to this type of thing.
However, sex work is not a viable option for everyone nor is it viable in the long run for most people.
So you’ll have to figure out what works best for you.
If you want my advice, your best bet is to put monumental effort into keeping the job you have (if you have one) and do your best to “use within your means.”
In other words, don’t buy or do more drugs than you can afford with the amount of money you already make.
While this may result in desperate attempts to sell your old clothes, used CDS or anything else that you suddenly feel you can live without, you should really avoid letting it put you in serious debt or overspending when you can’t afford to.
If you can pull this off, it will work nicely with #5 on this list, since it will require those breaks during the times when you’re broke (which will be pretty much all the time, since you’ll spend any extra cash on a bag as soon as you get it).
While taking breaks out of necessity certainly sucks at the time, it does help you to hold onto the things in life that really do matter most and which are easy to lose sight of when you live in a constant mental haze.
Pretend You’re a “Social” User
At least in the beginning, don’t get high and then hang out alone at home
Keep it as social as possible, or at least find a “slamming” buddy so that you have another person to talk to, other than yourself.
This will also help you from developing various forms of drug-induced psychosis, which may include hallucinations and full blown delusions.
Not everyone is the same when it comes to this, some of us are more “psychologically” fit than others.
But speaking from experience, even a mentally sound person can get pretty out there when their brain is under the influence of some rather harsh chemicals for prolonged periods of time, without any sleep on top of it.
It’s pretty easy to lose your grip on things, and in my own experience it was waay easier to do when you spent lots of time isolated and high as a fucking kite.
I hallucinated far more often and it scared me a lot more when I was alone in my house, than when I hung out with my friends and got high.
I have also known a couple of good friends who got much worse than I did in the beginning, when you’re really fucked up and have no tolerance built up yet.
In fact, a little bit of tolerance is actually a good thing.
Otherwise, you’ll always look like a tweaked out fuck wherever you go and it will be noticeable.
Nobody wants that.
There is No Going Back
If your goal is to get high, stick with the needle if you’ve already crossed that line.
Smoking, snorting or eating dope will have no effect on you and you’ll be pissed off that you wasted it.
If you can’t find a vein to save your fucking life, still refrain from resorting to other forms of ingesting said substances, since attempting to use them as a replacement method will piss you off even more than you already are.
This is the same kind of frustration you will experience if you have been up for four days straight and you do your last hit of dope, then immediately pass out for twelve hours and wake up with nothing.
Should’ve saved that for when you woke up, dumb ass! 😉
Go Beneath The Surface
Stay away from surface veins, like the ones on the top of your feet.
They will oftentimes burst upon being poked, or some of the slightly stronger ones will wait to do this until you attempt to inject something into them.
Go for the deeper, thicker and stronger ones.
Watch Out For Abnormally Bright Red Blood
When flagging, proceed with great caution if your blood appears to be a bright orange/fire red that is significantly lighter in color than what you’re used to seeing.
This is oftentimes indicative of having found an artery, rather than a vein.
I suggest trying to inject the tiniest drop and then stopping, to find out which type of blood vessel you’re in.
That’s all it should take.
Best possible outcome?
Everything seems fine, so you slowly try a couple drops more before stopping to make sure once more before slamming the rest of it in and being good to go.
Next best possible outcome?
That drop almost immediately explodes into a fiery fucking pain that I cannot describe in words, and shoots all the way through your entire leg, accompanied by a sharp unpleasant tingling that really does compliment the outrageous burning pain quite nicely.
Worst possible outcome?
You don’t notice the difference in the color of blood (bad lighting, or whatever else) and you begin slamming it in like you would normally, and you don’t realize until 30-40 ccs that you weren’t in a vein, and the pain is tenfold…and, you don’t get high either.
Beware of arteries!