Crack cocaine is a seriously harmful and addictive substance. Unfortunately, many teen-aged children can become pressured into trying it at least once, and it really only takes one usage to spark an addiction. If you suspect that your child might be abusing crack cocaine, then you need to be willing to spring forward and provide them with the help they need to overcome the problem.
Unlike traditional cocaine, which appears as a crystalline white powder, typically in a baggy or similar container, crack cocaine looks like a chip, a rock or a chunk in a solid form. These rocks can vary significantly in terms of size and shape, but they are generally going to be white, off-white or pink in color. The way that crack cocaine is taken is by smoking, so you may find other paraphernalia in the home pertaining to crack cocaine use in addition to just the cocaine itself.
When someone is high due to crack cocaine use, they typically experience a euphoric rush followed by feelings of well-being and alertness. If your teen son or daughter is suddenly using crack cocaine, then you may notice strange changes in their behavior. They may seem to be extremely “up” one moment and then “down” a few moments later as the high wears off. You may also notice changes in their behavior and personality as they are withdrawing from the drug between highs, since the changes in the dopamine centers of the brain can cause personality shifts when more of the drug is craved, or when the drug is being craved in increasing amounts.
Some of the signs associated with crack addiction include:
- Weight Loss
- Money Troubles
- Hearing of Voices
- Theft and Stealing
- Nervousness or Anger
- Feelings of Paranoia
- Appetite Suppression
- Expressing Impatience
- Changes in their Sleep Pattern
- Selling Off Personal Possessions
- Running Nose That Does Not Seem to Go Away
- A Decline in Appearance or Personal Hygiene
- Frequent Infections of the Upper Respiratory Tract
- Periods of Alternation between Euphoria and Depression
- Loss of Interest in Social Activities with Friends, Food, Sex or Family
Your teen may experience a few, some or all of these symptoms depending on how severe the cocaine abuse problem actually is. If you begin to notice any of these issues in your teenaged son or daughter, then the best thing that you are going to be able to do is to call in a professional that can help you from a local drug rehab and recovery facility.
Your teen is more than likely going to deny that they even have a problem, and so they may push you away and try to hide the problem even further if you approach it in the wrong way. It is not uncommon as a parent to feel like you cannot cope and that you are helpless and completely frustrated about the situation. The best thing that you can do is to maintain established rules and limits, refusing to cover for your child when he or she allows the addiction to cause problems with work, school or home life. You should not make excuses for your child and you should not make it easy for him or her to acquire more drugs through lending money. Continue to encourage your child to seek help and work on getting him or her help on your own as well. Work closely with a local drug rehab facility to find out what your options are.