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I was tagged by Inmatez Wife with the Meme--Why I blog? Thank you N, for your thought but to tag another five of our friends? Yeah, you can say that again, "LOL, finding people to tag is tough huh??" OK, here goes. It ain't gonna win any Putlizer's prizes but I agree with you, blogging is a pretty cool thing. Anyway, it's about time to tell the world why I become a Recovery Blogger?

Before I started blogging, I've been googling and yahooing the Internet searching what was going on in the World Wide Web. Mostly I would read and subscribed anything about Internet Marketing. Then I came across Joel Comm's AdSense Answers Revealed, An Interview With Joel Comm, a free ebook. In that free ebook there was a chapter, "Introduction - What is Blogging and why is it a great AdSense earner?

Then I read another Joel Comm's free ebook called Getting Started With Blogging and Google AdSense. Unlike the former free ebook, this one have a notice on it that says, "You DO NOT have the right to copy, give away, sell or otherwise this book." I'm telling you this coz the former free ebook are being sold for RM20.00 by an entrepreneur minded businessman here!

Well, I started imagining myself as another Joel Comm, Marlon Sanders and other A-Listed Internet Marketers. Till now I'm their faithful subscriber and I kept in touch with them every now and then especially with Brad Callen and his brother Matt. I hope one of these days I gonna create an Internet Marketing's WebSite. I need your moral supports on this, my Recovery Friends. Thanks, I know I can count on you guys/gals.

Moving on. An idea was born. I needed to blog. I love to read and write and it have become a habit for me to write something funny or anything for my adorable wife and I would paste it everywhere around the house. The best thing is that she knows where to find it. Sometime I could hear her laughing out loud or giggling to herself whenever she finds my notes. I felt wonderful knowing she loves my writing and after her laughing or giggling I would get ready for her hugs or kisses and sometime on a good day, I would get more than that, just right there and then! Who could stopped writing after getting that kind of rewards?

If you noticed, my earlier posts are all about Internet Marketing and AdSense. I got my header right and I wanted to write about recovery but I don't know where to begin. I started googling and yahooing again until I found Terry Duford lll formerly of NA AA Recovery Zone. But he is now running his own website at Recovery Life. His writing, "A Detailed Interpretation of the NA 12 Steps as Lived and Applied to Everyday Life", can be read in my posts Narcotics Anonymous 12 Steps, from Step 1 till Step 12.

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I was shocked at first to discover so many sites/blogs about recovery. I guess you must be very lucky to have so many sites/blogs to turn to whenever you need help. When I told my friends about creating a blog about recovery, they thought I must have lost my mind. I realizes the consequences, especially here in Malaysia for admitting I'm an addict but I still believe there many good-hearted people out there who will at least give me moral supports. Even though I lost most of my business but I never regret my decision to admit that I AM AN ADDICT.

Then I came across the wonderful Mr. Bo of DryBlog. I learned a lot from him. He once told me, never ever hot-linked other people images. An advice I adhered till now. But then, to err is human. That's why I put a notice at the very bottom of my blog about it. Mr. Bo even gave me permission to use his links. So, begin my adventure writing to every WebMaster and BlogMaster asking them for a link.

I can proudly say, Mr. Bo started My Journey To Recovery in full gears. Most of My Recovery Links and My Sacred Links are from his. Even though not all of them link backed, I never strike off their links. I keep on visiting and gives them present. I read somewhere on Gwen's, (it's not in her new template anymore) it say something like "giving comments is like give them presents."

I gives but I don't expect any in return. And I'm grateful coz almost all of them listed on My Sacred Links keep coming back and give me presents even though they don't link back to me. I'm really touched. Thank you, My Recovery Friends. I couldn't make it without your kindness. Like I always say, you make me feel at home every time I'm with you all. Accepting an unknown from afar whereas I'm despised by my own countrymen/women for being an addict.

All the ads on my blogs meant a lot to me. I've used their services in one way or another. It's my show of appreciation.

That's all for now. Now it's my turn to tag The Meme - Why Do I Blog? And I tag, here goes:

  1. Michael the Jedi Master -
  2. Meg -
  3. Shadow -
  4. Motorcycle Mike -
  5. Daves - and last but not least
  6. JJ -
As Inmatez Wife said,



Painkiller is effective but can be deadly

By Mary Beckman
February 22, 2007

Methadone, found in the body of Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, after his death in September, and reportedly prescribed to her, is best known as a treatment for heroin addiction. But it can, and is, being used as a painkiller. The drug has properties that make it more effective in dulling pain — and yet more dangerous — than other opiate drugs, such as morphine and oxycodone.


Methadone is a synthetic opiate first synthesized by German scientists in the 1930s. Used at first as a painkiller, it found its niche in treating drug addiction in the 1960s. In the last decade, it has had a resurgence as an analgesic.

Like all opiate drugs, methadone acts by mimicking the action of natural brain chemicals called endorphins — which, as any runner can tell you, create a feel-good sensation in the brain. The drugs act this way because they bind to the same brain receptors as endorphins.

But opiates — which also include heroin — act like a really big dose of endorphins, causing brain cells to lower the number of receptors (called mu receptors) on their surfaces. People then need larger amounts of endorphins or opiates to feel normal. Users become physically dependent on opiates quickly.

Methadone acts differently, even though it also binds to mu receptors. It stays in the body several times longer than the illicit drugs, negating withdrawal symptoms, as well as the craving that drives people to do whatever it takes to get more heroin. Methadone also doesn't elicit the euphoria. And it blocks heroin from binding to the mu receptors, so that drug users who try heroin while on methadone don't get high. When methadone is handed out in drug treatment programs, the patients get only one dose a day, and they often have to take it on the spot, reducing opportunities for abuse.

Doctors regained interest in using methadone as a painkiller because it's by far the least expensive opiate and appears to be better than other opiates at quelling certain types of intractable pain. Prescriptions for analgesic methadone have risen at least 250% since 1998, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

This move has not been without consequences. Deaths due to methadone overdoses have been rising dramatically since 2001, SAMHSA has reported. This prompted the Food and Drug Administration to send out a public health advisory in November alerting physicians to dangerous side effects. The rise in deaths is due to methadone's use as a painkiller rather than its use in drug treatment, according to SAMHSA.

As a painkiller, methadone is much more potent than the other opiates. But that's also where its danger lies. It accumulates in body fat, and the doses add up. Unless the patient is carefully monitored, he or she runs the risk of an overdose, which could cause the brain to shut off the body's ability to breathe. For example, if a patient has been taking Vicodin and switches to the same amount of methadone, he or she would be risking respiratory depression, says Dr. Richard Stephenson, an oncologist who prescribes methadone for cancer pain. Patients switching to methadone, he says, have to start at low doses — but, he adds, guidelines for the starting dose have been much debated in the analgesia community, partly due to an enormous amount of individual variation in the length of time the drug stays in the body.

The real benefit of methadone is its ability to relieve pain due to nerve damage, called neuropathic pain, which is frequently experienced in people with cancer or diabetes or people who have had an amputation. Unlike other opiates, methadone binds to certain receptors (called NMDA receptors) on pain nerve cells in addition to binding to mu receptors. Blocking these receptors while activating mu receptors cranks up methadone's ability to stop pain. And when people are in chronic pain from cancer or injury, methadone side effects such as sleepiness or feeling spacey don't occur. "It's particularly effective in complex pain such as cancer," Stephenson says.

Between 1970 and 2002, more than 1,100 deaths were associated with methadone's use as a painkiller, according to SAMHSA, with a steep rise from 2001 onward. "On balance, methadone has done much more good than harm," says Dr. Kenneth Harris, who studies drug addiction at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

Mary Beckman

Copied and pasted from LA Times


Sweet Child O' Mine Lyrics
by Guns 'n' Roses

She's got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that
special place
And if I stared too long
I'd probably break down and cry

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

She's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me
of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

Where do we go
Where do we go now
Where do we go
Sweet child o' mine

Lyrics courtesy of LyricsDomain.

Sweet Child O' Mine
By Guns N' Roses

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19 Comments thus far...

lushgurl said...

Noor, you sweet, sweet man...Just wanted to tell ya that the last time I tried to add someone to my links I deleted them ALL! LOL
Ya gotta know you are linked to my heart in recovery though!

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

Hey Noor! Kenny wants to know why you haven't come to visit him in the eye hospital with doughnuts and stuff..
I think he's starting to get a bit grumpy! You know what GUYS are like when they get ill...

Michael said...

Thanks Noor,
I didnt know u thought so highly of me but well you are really the only visitor I get to my humble blog - no one else bothers sob sob.
I love that GnR song "Sweet Child O Mine" best one they did along with "November Rain".
I am just so glad I didnt take heroine or owt like that it sounds a nightmare, gonna give up smoking hopefully on 9th March

Anonymous said...

Wow, I better get going on my tag. Inmates Wife tagged me a LONG time ago! I don't like to be a party pooper!
Thanks for the blogging story, Noor Azman. And also, thanks for the Methadone article. I have been thinking I should write about my Methadone experiences on my blog -- maybe a two parter or something -- who knows?
I enjoy your blog very much and think you are a brave guy for carrying this message.

Pam said...

Thank you kind gentleman, for all the sweet FUNNY little comments (gifts) that you leave on my blog. Bless your precious have such a giving spirit. It is always a pleasure to see your name pop up.

Sober Chick said...

So hard to imagine you were once stuck in such darkness. Your life has evoloved out of it and now you are carrying the message. It is wonderful.

Thank goodness for blogging. I need ways to get the poison out, and this is one way.


Michael said...

Hi Noor
Hope you r having a good day today, hope u r well and feeling good.
What did u mean when u posted on my blog that "I have been tagged"

Gwen said...

My journey was very similar making some of the same friends along the way.



Love the song. But I am confused. What do I need to meme blog? I love getting tagged. Let me know what I am suppose to do. Thanks my friend and the "cock" is

vicariousrising said...

Hi! Great blog here. Do you really know all these languages? I feel so lame.

I loved reading about why you blog. This was a good day for me to stop by for the first time. I'll be back :)

Best wishes!

Scott W said...

It's nice to read a little history about how and why you started to blog. Keep it up!


Ahhh I've got it now. I will work on it for tomorrow.

Michael said...

Oh I see Noor, I got to talk about my blogging and tag some more people yes?

lushgurl said...

Hey Noor, I just noticed in your profile that you (borrowed) a quote from me!!! Too cool. That is how it works huh!

Meg Moran said...

Hi Noor! Thanks for the tag..I will work on it in a few days. I loved reading your have come a long way on your journey of reaching out to the whole world. I am so glad we are friends.

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

This comments is from Kenny. Thank you Kenny.


Thank you so much for your kind words whilst I was in hospital. Your support meant a great deal and helped me stay sober for another day.

I can't seem to post on your blog, hence this email.

Thankyou once again, my friend.




Michael said...

I must apologise Noor, I still havent done my tagging thingy, I will have to remember to do it tonight, can I tag you back again because I dont really know anyone else

lushgurl said...

ROFLAO!!! Gawd I am soo slow sometimes!!! I finally saw the disclaimer that you have on the bottom of your post!!!
Thanks for the e-mail this A.M. What a great way to start my day !
*HUGS* my Malaysian friend!

flowerdave said...

Noor. you Rock. thanks for your encouragement

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