If you are a heroin chipper, you probably feel pretty alone. Before the work of Zinberg in the 1960s and 1970s, heroin chippers were unheard of. Even today, their existence is not well accepted. But facts are facts. There are more heroin chippers than addicts--five times as many by some estimates. So if you are a chipper, don't feel alone.
There are two things that chippers need to worry about. The first is staying unaddicted--otherwise, you won't be a chipper anymore. The second is remaining undiscovered. Because the concept of a heroin chipper is so poorly accepted, anyone who finds out that you use heroin will assume you are an addict or about to become an addict.
Tip One: Staying Unaddicted
Staying unaddicted always comes down to controlling your heroin use. There are any number of recipes for avoiding addiction. The most common is probably the "three day rule". This rule states that you should never use more than three days in a row. This is a good rule of thumb, but I have found that it usually leads to addiction because it causes the user to feel worse and worse over time. This in turn causes the user to use more and become addicted.
I have developed a simple rule that will definitely keep you unaddicted. I call it the 8-72 rule:
You may use for an eight hour period in every seventy-two hour period.
There is no breaking up of the eight hour period. You can't split it up into two four hour periods, for example. Also, you can't use for eight hours at the end of one period and another eight hours at the beginning of the next. This means that after you use (for a maximum of 8 hours), you must stay clean for the 64 hours that follow it.
Tip Two: Staying Unknown
A chipper experiences his greatest threat of discovery through the process of acquiring his drugs. As a result, great care must be taken in this process. Rather than dealing directly with dealers, it is better to deal with acquirers. The disadvantage of acquirers is that they will cost you more money. But this should not be a big deal given that, as a chipper, you don't use that much. Also, this is more than made up for by the extra security and convenience that acquirers afford.
[Editor's Note: For more information on being a successful chipper, check out my book Heroin User's Handbook. The original title of this book was Heroin: A Chipper's Guide; its focus is still toward chippers.]