I had done a basic search of his room several times by looking under the bed, between the mattress and the box spring, in the pockets of all of his clothes in the closet, and other places. But, while my daughter and her husband were at our house, they helped me do a thorough search.
We tore his room apart. My son-in-law had actually looked online for ideas of places to look. They took every poster off of his wall because it said that kids can hide flatten a bag and then tape it on the wall behind their posters.
Other places that the online websites listed as places to look when searching your house and kids room are: inside the cylinder that toilet paper fits on, under the toilet tank, inside wall plates on switches or outlets, in light fixtures, underneath dressers, inside heat vents, inside throw pillows, in the very center of the box spring, inside pens, in battery compartments of radios, etc., in any possible hollow portion in furniture, inside highlighter pens, inside speakers (this one seems to be a very popular one), inside game consoles, under the insoles of shoes, in a rolled up pair of socks, inside a half used stick of deodorant, inside the liner of bags or under the bottom insert of a sports bag or duffle bag, in books (even hollowed out books), inside a paintball hopper, inside a computer tower or printer, in DVD or game cases, inside a deck of cards box, and even under their parents bed.
It also said to look for bent spoons, soda cans with a discolored bottom, tape, and more cups of water than normal.
None of those places are where we found my son’s stash places in his room.
We looked everywhere. My son-in-law did look inside the X-box console. We went through every inch of his room. We looked through boxes of things that he has had in his room for years. We took his dresser apart. We tried to find all of the hollow places in his lamps and desk legs. We went through every gym bag and back pack.
Then, my daughter found a very interesting stash place. A place that no one would ever really think to look.
Picture the standard bedroom closet. It is about 3 feet deep and 8 feet wide. It has sliding doors that expose either one half of the closet or the other when opened. We took the doors off the closet and while my daughter was searching it, she happened to look up as she was standing in the closet facing the bedroom. Cut into the sheetrock wall above the closet door space was a four inch square hole. The hole just happened to be right above a two by four running horizontally above the opening for the closet doors. It made a perfect shelf to stash something on that no one would ever see.
He also had a roll of duct tape and scissors on the top shelf of his closet. One of the things that the online searches said to look for was tape because the kids will try to tape their drugs to the bottom of things like dresser drawers, the toilet tank, etc. to hide them.
There wasn’t anything in the hole at that time. So, we kept looking.
But, my son only used marijuana. What would he be doing with pills? My innocent mom mind told me that he must have been selling them to pay for his weed. He wouldn’t take pills. Especially pills that he said didn’t work when he tried to use them for sleep, right?
One thing that I have recently learned is that an addict’s mind thinks in a different way than others minds do. They will think that if a medication is prescribed for a certain health condition, and they don’t have that particular condition, then the medication must be good for getting high. They will try it with any kind that they can get their hands on, even heart medication. It is scary to think about and is a good reason to keep al medication locked up, not just hidden away. They have searched your room and your entire house when they have been home alone and they know all of your hiding places.