Alcohol and Drugs
It is very likely that at some point during your student’s college career that he or she will be tempted to experiment with alcohol and/or drugs. You can help guide your student in the right direction by offering these suggestions:
- Empowering her to say “no” if a situation or environment doesn’t feel right. Remind her that her instincts are usually right.
- Make yourself available and open to conversations about drugs and alcohol. Try not to judge or place blame, but listen to what your student has to say.
- Do your part by researching the latest trends in prescription medication, alcohol and drug use.
- Avoid reliving and glorifying your own “party days”…this sends the wrong message (and most likely also sends very mixed messages) to your influential young adult.
Understand that your student will probably make some bad choices in the days and years to come. Again, try not to judge or place blame, instead; allow your student to suffer the consequences of those actions and to learn from her mistakes.