Personal Dilemma Essay

869 WordsFeb 18, 20134 Pages
Working with people for long periods gives room for relationships and repore to be established. In a business setting between employees and clients this can cause moral and ethical issues to arise. As an employee of a substance abuse treatment center, it is encouraged that staff build a repore as well as a relationship with clients, but the relationship is to be stopped when a client graduates the program and is discharged. This causes a moral dilemma in decisions that can be life-changing for both the client and the employee. Moral dilemmas are best defined as “to be faced with a situation in which no matter what one does, one does wrong” (Hughes, 2012, p. 1). Person A is employed at a substance abuse treatment center with a program, which lasts anywhere from 28 to 90 days. This is enough time to get to know and care for a person who is trying to get his or her life back. As an employee of a substance abuse center, showing clients that recovery works, that people care, and teaching clients about 12 step programs is part of the job. This leads to the building of relationships between staff and clients. Clients feel safe with the person who guided and showed him or her the way, so when discharged and a situation arises the client reaches out to the person he or she feels safest with. This kind of contact is perceived as unethical, is forbidden by person A’s employer, and is a fire able offense. Unethical behavior is defined as “not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior” (Wordnet Search, 2013, p. 1). In the eyes of her employer any contact with past clients is perceived as unethical business practices. The moral dilemma involves person B is an 18-year-old young man who was discharged from treatment feeling confident that he had what he needed to make it when back in the real world. Something happened a week after his discharge that

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