Woke up thinking about this again.
Codeine/opiates in general was my longest addiction. Approx 30 years. I did do a rota for pharmacies.
I learned about CWE early on for the 8/500 and 30/500 co-codamol. Been doing it as long as I can remember, so perhaps an early version of the 'Jolly Roger' cookbook helped here.
I don't know who introduced me to codeine linctus, but that kinda spoiled my rota at times. Used to be able to buy two bottles at a time. Hit four pharmacies, weeks supply of linctus.
Then one per transaction, but a few supermarkets had their own pharmacies now, so rota updated. Buying linctus and co-codamol and poppies whilst prescribed 240mg per day. It didn't take long to tip into daft territory.
Discovered pholcodeine has effects on me way beyond codeine in some ways, but fewer side effects. Until I overdid it mixing it with 500mg codeine and poppy tea. Lovely high, lovely feeling. Close to H but not in the least tired.
Following day was very bad in terms of ( accurate ) projectile vomiting. Didn't poop for a week either.
Doing OK quitting, but then came the legal highs. Damn those cannabinoids.
Still, I'm doing OK on the opiates side of things. Recently broke a bone splinter in my elbow. Discovered zero pleasure or analgesia from a high dose. Don't feel I fell there. Watch for your tolerance being sky high, then plummeting. I was stupid and didn't consider what would happen if my tolerance had dropped.
I'm finding leaving the opes physically easy now. Less pain than when I was on them. Lot of memories to work through.
Totally bollocksed my valium taper now. Seroquel and valium at night after a day of valium to control the high.
Still, slept for four hours straight. Feel groggy, but it feels like a seroquel grog.
In the mood for a walk today.
Added an hour later. No I'm not in the mood for a walk. Got to later though.