08 Oct What to do If You Find Crack Cocaine in Your Child’s Room
A lot of parents these days are finding crack cocaine in their child’s room. All of your suspicions have now become blatantly obvious. You have noticed your child acting peculiar and different than what you know them to be. You were not sure if it was just teen hormones or drug addiction. Now you have confirmation that it is drug use. Here are a few steps to getting your son or daughter some help.
First, confront your child with the evidence. They will at first become angry and upset that you were snooping in their room. You may not have even been snooping, but to your child, they see it as snooping. Tell them that they must get help. It is important that they understand your love for them and that you want them to get help because this habit of theirs can actually kill them.
Next, you are going to have to understand that you cannot get them off this drug alone. They are going to have to go to a drug and alcohol treatment center for around 30 days. They will need to learn new life skills to keep them sober and to detox their system from the drug.
Many parents make the mistake of trying to get their child off drugs on their own. When someone is addicted to crack, the drug actually takes over their body. The withdrawals that a person gets are often “hellish”. It takes a licensed and trained professional to get someone off drugs and alcohol. When your body gets addicted to a drug, it physically needs to get more of the drug each time. Drug addicts usually go through a series of change and often lose their sense of control.
If you need help right now, call a professional drug and alcohol treatment center. There are over 18,000 of them in the United States alone. Most treatment centers only accept private medical insurance or cash pay. If you have Medicaid/Medicare, please visit the website www.samhsa.gov. Treatment can often cost as much as $30,000 per month. Sometimes, cash pay clients can get 50% off discounts.
If you don’t get help now, your child’s addiction will become an expensive habit. It is not uncommon to hear of a crack addiction costing as much as $200.00 per day. Often, people addicted to drugs result to stealing and asking for money in the streets. They literally cannot stop taking the drug.