Family Resources

Alcohol and drugs

Fortunately if they drink, most USF students drink in moderation. At the same time, abuse of alcohol and other drugs causes or contributes to significant harm for a sizeable subset of students and those around them. These problems include alcohol poisoning, poor academic performance, accidents, and sexual assaults.

Parents can play an important role in helping students make good decisions in relation to alcohol and other drugs. We encourage you to talk your student about the risks associated with drinking and drug use.

CAPS offers services to those struggling with an alcohol or another drug problem. If you are concerned about your son or daughter’s drinking or drug use, please contact us for advice.

Suggested Reading & Resources

  • Anxiety and College Students: anxious_students.docx
  • Becoming a Wise Parent for your Grown Child:How to Give Love and Support without Meddling - Author: Betty Frain, Ph.D. & Eileen M. Clegg
  • Breaking up is hard to do: How to support your child through a break-up - Author: Shiri Lichtenstein
  • Communicating with your college-age child - Author: Ray Lin
  • Eating Disorder - Author: Michael McCutcheon
  • Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College - Author: Andrea Van Steerhouse
  • Help Your Student De-Stress
  • Homesickness - Useful tips for family members on how to help your student with homesickness
  • Home for the Holidays Parent Newsletter
  • How to Survive and Thrive in an Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown - Author: Jeanette C. Lauer
  • Is My Child's Relationship Unhealthy? - Author: Sarah Rotsinger-Stemen
  • Letting Go: A Parent's Guide to Understand the College Years, 5th Edition - Author: Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger
  • NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness: Awareness, education and advocacy for individuals and families affected by mental illness 
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
  • Supporting Gender Identity: A Beginners' Guide for Friends, Family, and University Staff - Author: Amber Hager
  • The Jed Foundation: Working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students
  • You're on your own (But I'm here if you need me): Mentoring your child during the college years - Author: Helen E. Johnson