Kids Hide Drugs – Where You Should Really Be Looking
Kids hide drugs. If they are abusing substances, chances are, they’ve got them around and parent’s don’t even know it. Why? Well, it’s like anything else, if they like it, they want to have it with them, and when they are developing a habit, it’s pretty likely that they’ll want to use the source of that habit when they feel like it. You can’t do this when you don’t have it with you. So, it’s important for parents to know where some of the most common hiding places for drugs are.
New research finds that kids in states with legal marijuana laws have more than four times the emergency room visits as kids in states where marijuana is not legal. Many of these visits have to do with marijuana abuse, but experts now feel that it is addictive, and definitely causes more harmful accidents than in teens that don’t abuse it.
Many experts feel that these statistics are indicative of a whole generation of teens and that it’s more important than ever know the signs of substance abuse. It’s also important, they say, to know where kids hide drugs, just in case you ever need to go looking.
The Private World of a Teen
If you have a teenager, you know how secretive they can be. Even the most honest kid is going to want to be able to enjoy some privacy. Often, parents try to respect this need for privacy. They might not go into their teen’s room without permission, and they likely won’t go through personal spaces such as purses, or drawers.
While this is a great approach and an essential step in letting your teen know that you trust her, it can also be one of the quickest ways for things to get out of hand if your adolescent child is abusing substances.
Why? Well, if you’re not aware of what is going into and out of her room, she’s more likely to think that her personal space means that nobody will ever find out what she’s doing.
The thing is, kids hide things. They have a very private world, filled up with electronic devices that are password protected, and nearly impenetrable by well-meaning parents. Most of the time, things that teens hide are pretty harmless, but sometimes, they aren’t.
Where You Should Be Looking for a Teen’s Private Stash
So, if you suspect that your teen might be abusing substances, you need to know where to look for them. It’s pretty likely that they will be around, and most of the time, they won’t magically appear in the laundry, although it does happen, so keep an eye out.
But, where are the most common places that teens hide drugs? This list might help to give you an idea of where you’ll find your teen’s stash if there is one:
- Graphing calculators. Believe it or not, the DEA says this might be one of the more common places, and for good reason: the battery compartment can be a perfect little hidey-hole for small amounts of substances. And it makes for easy, almost undetectable access.
- Other unassuming school supplies. You know that highlighter that your son or daughter seems to always be chewing on? This is the perfect place to hide small amounts of drugs, and most parents never even think to look there. After all, when we see our teen with a highlighter, we think that he’s buckling down on school work, not using substances.
- Check the shoes. Sometimes, teens will shove their stash inside their shoes. It might be the ones she is wearing, or it might be another pair that sits in her closet. What better place to hide substances than in a closet where you might never think to look?
- Heating vents and posters. Yes, you can easily conceal a small baggie of substances behind a poster and most of the time, parents would never even notice. The same goes for heating vents. How often do you really look inside them? The vents in the wall tend to be preferred for this, though, because they tend to have a bit of a ledge and the chances of losing the drugs in the duct are lower.
- Your teen’s car. Have you looked in there lately? Really looked? Beyond all those fast food wrappers, discarded school papers, pens, and folders is a place that is rich in hiding places for drugs. In fact, one study suggests that this is the most common place that kids hide drugs. Obvious places like the console might not be out of the question, but you might also want to be creative here and check the nooks and crannies.
- Cans and candy wrappers. If that soda can looks innocent, look again. It’s not uncommon for teens to shove their stash in a can that looks really innocent. And, if you think that wrapped candy is just candy, you should be careful. Many different substances look like candy, so wrapping it up will likely look really innocent.
- Cosmetics and personal hygiene products. If it can be emptied or hollowed, it’s a great place to hide substances. Plus, most kids carry things like deodorant all around with them, which means that nobody will think anything about someone who has an extra stick of deodorant, except that he hates to stink.
- Check the toilet tank. Now, this takes a bit of work, but a teen who really wants to avoid suspicion might take the steps to make sure that their stash stays dry and hidden by taping it to the lid or inside of the tank.
- Books, mattresses, and toys. Some kids hide drugs in books that they have hollowed out or mattresses and toys that have had holes cut in them. This takes some work and planning, so it’s important that you think like your teen would.
- Belt buckles. Not even clothing items are safe anymore, and some belt buckles have a back that slides off. It’s the perfect place for a teen to hide drugs, and most parents have no clue it’s even a possibility.
What to Do If You Discover a Stash
If you do find your teen’s stash, you’re probably wondering what you should do. Most parents choose not to call the police, but they also dispose of the substance without their teen seeing them do it. This minimizes the chances that your kid will go looking for his stash later and gives you the satisfaction of knowing it’s no longer in your house.
The next thing you should do is talk to your teen. Tell her what you found. She’s likely to accuse you of snooping, which you technically were, so you can own it, or you can make something up about how you were putting clothes away and the back of the belt fell off, or you were vacuuming the vents and her stash blocked the hose. It’s up to you, the point is, your teen will know that she’s been caught.
Then, as calmly as possible, you need to get to the bottom of what’s happening. Tell your teen that he isn’t in trouble, but that you are concerned, and you want to know if this is something new, or if it’s been going on for a while.
Consider seeking a few sessions of therapy for your teen to establish if he has a true addiction, or if there is something else going on that can be addressed and help make the substance abuse stop.
Then, give us at Elite Rehab Placement a call. We can help you with the many different options you have when it comes to addressing your teen’s substance abuse. From full-blown residential teen rehab, to less constrictive and limiting outpatient programs, we can help you to find the right teen substance abuse treatment program for your needs.
Not only that, but at Elite Rehab Placement, we have insurance specialists that will figure out your benefits for you. This gives you the benefit of knowing what you’ll have to pay for, and what your insurance is going to take care of for you.
Make sure your teen understands that you’re not forcing him to go to rehab, but you do want to address the issue and help to stop it, so it’s important that he work with the situation, too.
The bottom line is that kids hide drugs, and the longer you go without looking when you suspect something is happening, the more likely it is that the substance abuse will continue.