Normally, if someone we care about has an addiction, the first thing we notice is that there is just “something different” about the person.
It may not be obvious at first just what it is, but there is something that is different about the person. With Crack, unless we actually see them when they are high, it may be very difficult to tell. There are signs to watch for, however, that may give a good indication that crack addiction has taken over the loved one.
If money suddenly begins disappearing and no one seems to know where it goes, this may be a warning sign. This is particularly true if more and more money comes up missing. Most drug addicts start out using a small amount of crack but as their system builds up a tolerance to it, they need more. More crack takes more money and crack isn’t cheap. If they also begin writing bad checks and borrowing money from friends and loved ones, it is a big warning sign.
* Big changes in normal routine can indicate trouble as well.
If the loved one starts missing work or disappearing for no reason then it may be because they are in search of crack. It could also be that they are frequenting a crack house. Some crack addicts become very solitary and others hang around in places like crack houses.
Since most drug addicts keep paraphernalia kits, usually next to their beds or on their person, obviously finding things like glass pipes, brillo pads or baggies with crack would tell you instantly that there is a problem. Like most addicts, crack addicts like to have a hit first thing when they wake up so often, their drug kit is right next to the bed while they are asleep.
Other things that are common with crack addicts are; nervousness, insomnia or excessive sleeping, convulsions, cold sweats, being extremely talkative, depression and anxiety. Normally with crack, the moods go from one extreme to another. They may come home being very talkative and excited and even talking about some grand adventure they want to undertake. Shortly thereafter, they will be irritable and argumentative.
* Whenever you suspect there may be crack abuse, speak up.
The addict will most likely deny it but they will then know that you are suspicious. Drug addicts like to thing their behaviors while on drugs go unnoticed. Let them know that you do see what is going on.