Life and work balance. A full college course load or working several jobs can be a big change from high school. Sometimes people will turn to alcohol or drugs in an effort to manage stress. Talk to your children about the importance of maintaining a balance in their lives, and speaking up if they're feeling overwhelmed.
Find healthy alternatives. Substance use is a tempting way to “cut loose" after a stressful day or week. Explain that alcohol and drugs often leave people feeling worse and don't truly relieve stress. Healthy alternatives like practicing a sport, doing yoga, walking, and jogging are good alternatives that can help let some steam out.
Healthy alternatives like exercise can help let steam out.