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Making the Best

It is generally thought that addicts are at a distinct disadvantage to chippers. But addicts have one advantage that should not be under estimated: they can design their lives around their use. Rather than having your addiction be nothing but a disadvantage, use it to your advantage where possible. Below are a few ideas on how being an addict can improve your life.

Money. Dealers

Addicts have their greatest advantage in handling dealers. Chippers may use so infrequently that they cannot have a regular connection. This can put them in the dangerous position of scoring on the street. Addicts, on the other hand, can usually set up very convenient situations with dealers such as having them deliver to the addict's house. Such set ups (and even simply knowing your dealer) will make you much safer.

Quantity

Since addicts use a fair amount of heroin, they are in a position to buy in quantity. Most addicts do not do this, however, because they use at the same rate as they acquire money. For such addicts, it is possible to save money--but needless to say, hard. On the one hand, your habit could be "kicked down" while money is saved. On the other--and much easier--your habit could be kept constant when a windfall occurs such as an acquirer situation.

A bigger problem than getting the money to buy in quantity is not over-using when you have a large amount. This takes self-restraint, of course, and this is not something that can be taught. But even with self-restraint, you are doomed to failure if you don't know how much you are doing. This is why I suggest dividing any large amount of heroin into "daily rations".

Doctors

Doctor and patient. Chippers will generally want to avoid having their doctors know of their drug use. Addicts have very little choice. But this is an advantage in many ways. Doctors can be very helpful to heroin addicts. The key is finding a sympathetic doctor. Such doctors can be found by trial and error, but it is usually easier to ask other junkies, some of whom will know.

Making the Best

The main thing to remember is being an addict is a simple fact of your life. If you don't want to be an addict, you can always detox. But for whatever reason, if you must stay addicted--make the best of it.

by Dr. H © 2001
Last Modified: 10 January 2004


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