What Would U Do: Addiction

Question 1 of 3

Your friend has been acting really strangely recently and is starting to look awful. You know he used to smoke pot and are worried that he may have moved onto other things. He then calls you and tells you that he was wondering if he might be able to borrow some money - he says he needs it really really badly but is very vague as to why he needs it. You would:

We can think of lots of reasons why not, can you? Hey, he's your friend and you like to "help" your friends. But what if giving him the money isn't going to help him? What if it will hurt him? Are you being a good friend then?

Interesting choice. Are you going to go to the store with him as well? How do you know the receipts will be from him and not his mom's grocery shopping? Maybe you still need a little more clarification?

Well, aren't you the business shark? You may make some money, but it may be at the expense of your friend's well being. is that okay with you?

You don't feel comfortable: both with giving him the money and with going against his wishes. That's why you lie, to save his feelings. You may need to do more at some point to help him with his life.

He was vague, you can be vague, right?! Well, did you like it that he was vague? Did it help the situation? Being vague may help you here, but does it support your morals?

Wow, that takes guts. And you have 'em. Good for you.

Question 2 of 3

Your friend tells you that you should really try this new drug - that it’s totally safe, and a ton of fun - she’s done it several time already and it was awesome! She says there’s no risk of addiction, you’ll just feel a little sluggish and “off” for about 12 hours afterwards but she swears it is worth it. You would:

It does sound great, but please be careful about anything you put into your body. The sluggishness afterwards is a sign of withdrawal, meaning that your body has to readjust to functioning without the drug. That's a warning sign.

Proceed with caution here… you don't know if you will be okay. Plus, the sluggishness afterwards is a sign of withdrawal, meaning that your body has to readjust to functioning without the drug. That's a warning sign.

Well at least you are truthful about how you feel and a pat on the back for declining!! When things sound so great it's really hard to say "No." But you did say "No" even though you think is sounded fun. That takes strength.

Good thinking. That will keep you safe and growing strong.

Good for you. You are keeping your body safe and you are trying to keep your friend safe.

Question 3 of 3

You are pretty sure your friend’s mom has an addiction problem. Your friend has secretly told you she drinks all the time and takes prescription pills like candy. You don’t have a ride home from sports one day and your mom arranges for a ride with your friend’s mom. You would:

And your friend might be right. Are you willing to take that chance? How can you be sure your friend's mom is okay to drive? It's your life and no matter how awkward declining a ride may be, you need to protect it.

Will be more embarrassing when you tell your mom from your hospital bed that you were worried about her driving? Please think twice about taking this risk.

Well at least you know getting in that car is not a good idea. Is keeping her possible addictions secret a good idea? When will telling an adult be appropriate?

That's good thinking. Although no one wants to be the "tattle tale," or to break a friend's confidence, sometimes you have to when other people's lives are put at risk. If your friend's mom is addicted and driving, that could be a deadly situation for many people, including you.

How do your feet feel? How does your conscience feel? When will saying something be the right thing to do?

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