Why We Must Talk with College-bound & College Students About the Misuse of Alcohol & Other Drugs
(Inspired by My Online-Doctoral-Student-Dropout Journey 🙂 )
I recently dropped out of an online doctoral program— and as a result, I have developed much compassion for today’s “learner”.
After all, young students don’t have the stress-management tools & life-experience that I have developed over my almost-60-years of living.
It’s back-to-school-time …. And I can remember that being met with:
- excitement & anxiety,
- peer “acceptance” or rejection,
- adjusting to new teachers (new personalities, assignments, test & grades),
- financial responsibilities, and
- trying to establish one’s own identity while “fitting in”
Yet today has taken “fitting-in” to an all-time high . . . .
Cameras Everywhere – facetime, snapshot, facebook postings, youtube videos, etc. … It’s like we’re all surrounded by paparazzi 24-7
& Just Like the “Paid Stars”, being in the Spotlight—is a stressor!
With Stress & Embarrassment, comes a desire to self-medicate &/or hide–which is a perfect reason to use alcohol and other drugs.
Talking to our young adults about drinking alcohol & drug use may not be easy, but it is necessary.
. . . and Counseling On A Shoestring is making it easier for you to talk with your children (and/or someone else’s child) by linking you to meaningful information (to review with the student) on the effects of college drinking and drug-use.
«Research shows that talking does make a difference—it just may save a life.»
DRUG USE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES STATISTICS . . .
Fact Sheet: Parents, Talk with Your High School Grads about Celebrating Safely
Parents, take the time to talk with your high school graduates about keeping parties and events alcohol-free—it just may save a life.
Learn more—read the NIAAA fact sheet at https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/GraduationFacts/graduationFact.htm
Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know
“. . . the subject of marijuana use has become increasingly difficult to discuss—in part because of the mixed messages being sent by the passage of medical marijuana laws and legalization of marijuana in some states. In addition, many parents may have used marijuana when they were younger, which could make it more challenging to discuss openly or set rules about its use.
Talking to our children about drug use isn’t always easy, but it is crucial.”
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers a short guide to review with your children. — To download the pdf copy, click on >> Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know
For the above guide and more information, visit NIDA’s website below:
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is proud to partner with numerous federal agencies and national organizations in the support of the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign. For more information, Click on the box above.
Colleges Must Do More To Address The Opioid Epidemic … Article by Ryan Craig, Contributor for FORBES Magazine – Apr 6, 2018
Ryan is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of University Ventures Note: To read the article, click on the flag.
A NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) REPORT:
Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2016
Click Here ⇒ for SURVEY RESULTS for Drug & Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2016
If time permits (or you can come back later 🙂 )
…. be sure to read my article about why I was inspired to create the above blog:
My Online-Doctoral-Student-Dropout Journey by Janis Omide
NOTE: Click on the picture above to link to the article . . . enjoy!
Now, in keeping with tradition . . .
THE ROY-BLOG BITE:
Hey, Janis, I thought PhD stood for Potential Heavy Drinker, or Professional Humidity Detector, or better yet, Pray Hard Daily.
Thanks Roy –
Thanks for stopping by, thanks for letting me share—let’s keep in touch!
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