When you're living with your teenager who is struggling with drug addiction, you have to face the reality that he or she may be hiding drugs in your home. This can obviously be a concern for many reasons. You don't want to enable this person's habit, nor do you want drugs to be available in the event that the addict is trying to get clean because a relapse could easily occur. It's often in your best interest to hunt for the drugs and, upon finding them, throw them away. Addicts don't often keep their supply out in the open, however, so you'll have to look in areas such as these:
Many committed addicts actually buy small safes to store their drugs. Diversion safes are popular — these are objects that look like something else, but have a hollowed-out compartment inside, thus allowing you to keep the drugs essentially in plain sight. A diversion safe might look like a can of shaving cream or even a food product, such as a can of soda. If you notice such a product in your loved one's room, don't be afraid to shake the can and look at it carefully. In many cases, the bottom or top will screw off, revealing the drugs.
Similarly, people will also hide small supplies of drugs inside everyday objects. Even though the objects aren't designed for storage in the manner of a diversion safe, it's often easy to take certain objects apart — leaving an open spot inside them. If you pop the end off a tube-shaped hairbrush, for example, there's a void inside. This spot can easily conceal some drugs. There's always the traditional method of inside a book, too. The addict simply needs to cut a void in some of the pages of a book, place the drugs inside, and keep the book on a shelf.
Lots of addicts will use their clothing as places to hide their drugs. Sometimes, clothing can actually have hidden pockets inside that are perfect for this purpose. In other cases, drugs buried in the bottom of a pocket of pants that are at the bottom of a pile of laundry in a bedroom closet might seem like an effective hiding place. Similarly, drugs can also be kept in shoes, including under the insoles. If you find any drugs in your home, you should plan to speak to the addict and insist that he or she gets treatment for this addiction.
Contact a company like Lifeline for more information and assistance.