Is this good details for my ethical issue of why you should tell someone parents if they have a substance problem? If I don’t tell my friends parents so many things could go wrong. One thing is...

Is this good details for my ethical issue of why you should tell someone parents if they have a substance problem?

If I don’t tell my friends parents so many things could go wrong. One thing is my friend could end up hooked on the substance and become a slave to it. It could end up putting their health and life in danger. Not only that, their whole world around would them would collapse.

Another reason for telling their parents is if something were to happen to my friend I couldn’t live with myself. If my friend happened to die I would blame myself for letting them slip. It would eat me alive knowing i could have prevented anyhting bad happening to them.

Lastly, I would bring up the substance abuse problem because as a true friend it’s my duty to show them i care. I at least owe them that much. Real friends are there to help you not get you into trouble. The best thing for them is to have their family involved. They could help them get through the problems their dealing with. Everyone has at least one rock bottom they hit in their lives and whether we like to admit it we all wish to have our loved ones around us to help us get back on our feet.

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think these are good - but actually - if this is for an essay, I think your best examples are ALL in the first paragraph you have.  You've got three broad topics that all revolve around your friend (rather than yourself, not that these arguments aren't honest, but they aren't very strong considering you are talking to the parents):

  1. negative effects of possible addiction
  2. health risks (short and long term?)
  3. whole world collapse

#2 is the most defendable with actual examples.  #3 is the most vague - you'll have to explain what you mean here.

Logically, this essay could be written in order of when the effects take place - to me - this would go #2, #1, #3.  It seems each leads into the next.

I'd save the personal stuff (your other two paragraphs above) for your conclusion.  It would make a final emotional appeal.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do think you do a pretty good job of including solid reasons and details for your ethical position.   What's more, the way in which you write your answer includes some things that teachers like myself look for.  You include personal perspective, hint at experience in this situation, and it's obviously written in your own words as opposed to a textbook answer or one copied from the internet.

You might also want to include or revise a section to talk about how it is much more likely a person's friend will know about a substance abuse problem than it is for a person's parents.  Since time is of the essence in an issue like this, telling them of the problem when you know about it may very likely save your friend's life.  A clear example of ethical responsibility.