personal experience >>> drug addicts >>> interview 2 >>>
A: We would like to ask you a couple of questions, if you don’t mind.
B: It’s OK.
A: Where have you graduated?
B: Secondary school only.
A: What do you want to work?
B: I do work at the moment, but I don’t want this job.
A: What do you do?
B: I work at the dockside.
A: So you don’t want this job? What do you want to work?
B: I want to work at my fathers firm.
A: What kind of firm is it?
B: It is a travel agency.
A: What was your dream as a child? If you remember…
B: No, I can’t remember.
A: When was the first time you tried a narcotic and what was it?
B: It was two years ago and it was heroin.
A: In what form?
B: I smoked it for about 2 months, then injections and then sniffing and then smoking again.
A: Did you like it the first time?
A: And you did it again?
B: Yes…with some friends.
A: When did your parents find you?
B: March, last year.
A: What was their reaction?
B: They’ve tried to stop me many times.
A: In what way?
B: They locked me in the apartment…
A: In spite of this you continued …
B: …for months. When I walk out together with the old friends…
A: Do you feel guilty, because you have tried it in the first place or that you became an addict?
B: I do feel guilty, but that it is mainly because of all the troubles I’ve caused my parents.
A: Do you have a brother or a sister?
B: A sister.
A: Is she older than you?
B: Yes, she is 27.
A: Does she try to help you?
A: How do you see your life in the future?
B: First I want to enter the ward here in the hospital, then maybe go to some of the communas in Spain.
A: Do you see your old friends?
A: Did you decide to try therapy yourself?
A: How do you imagine your life without drugs?
B: Pretty nice.
A: You’re sorry, you’ve tried heroin at all?
A: And you hope everything will turn out for the best?
B: Yes, I do.
A: Do you think that drugs should be legalized, as some of them are in the Netherlands?
B: I think that only the joint should be legalized.
A: Don’t you thin that if someone has once tried joint won’t easily pass on to something stronger – heroin for example?
B: No, I don’t think so. I have a lot of friends, who have been smoking joint for years and they haven’t become heroin-addicts or something else.
A: Don’t you feel afraid of the period, in which you’ll be in the hospital and you’ll have to give up heroin.
B: No, actually I’ve quitted taking it 4 days ago.
A: And how do you feel?
B: Normal, I take medicines instead.
A: Do you think you have the will to overcome it?
B: Yes, this is the first time I am so motivated.
A: And you hope everything will be OK?
A: Will this be your first time in a “motivational group”?
B: Yes, they said that as for I’m not taking any drugs, the results of my tests should be negative, which means I can join the group.
A: Did you decide this all alone or…
B: All by myself…I have a girlfriend, who doesn’t know and I don’t want her to find out.
A: You care about her, don’t you?
B: Yes, I do a lot.
A: Where did you find heroin, when you needed it?
B: On the same spot every heroin-addict goes in this city – the “gypsy neighborhood”.
A: Were there times when you didn’t have heroin and you wanted it so badly that you would do anything just to get it?
B: Yes, once I climbed down from the fourth floor when I was locked at home.
A: Some say that drug-addicts usually sell out their whole property, including some of their parents’, just to secure the money for the next dose.
B: I sold none of my parents’ property but some of my stuff – my computer, my CD player…
A: Maybe this how your parents found out about your addiction?
A: Then how did they?
B: One evening I came back home and I was almost unconscious and I wanted to introduce my girlfriend to my father and that’s when he found out.
A: Do you think that addicts can be dangerous to those, who surround them and to the society as a whole, when they don’t have what they want?
B: I don’t know, but from what I’ve heard from my friends, such people have committed robberies.
A: Without any fear that the police may catch them, I suppose?
B: Well…most of them are already in jail…
A: What does the world look like, when you are “high”? I suppose you forget about all of your problems?
B: Yes, there are no problems…I can’t explain it exactly but it’s a wonderful feeling.
A: How will you replace it now? With what?
B: Parties, my girlfriend…
A: Well then, thank you very much. We appreciate your help and we hope everything will be all right.
B: If there is anything else I can do…
A: No, that will be enough. Thank you very much.
A: Good bye.