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Drugs and Teenagers Ver. 1.0.2

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/drugs

1/26/2016

Copyright 2016

Introduction

Over the last several decades, I have observed young and mature adults who had used drugs during their formative teenage years.  I noticed that their ‘‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ ’ were definitely missing; their decisions were being made with their emotions.  I erroneously assumed that they had lost these reasoning and logic skill by using the drugs.  However, ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ do not develop until about age twenty-three.  This is one of the difficulties parents have to deal with when raising teenagers. Their children have grown physically to an adult size, but they are operating on hormones and without ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’.

Therefore, I have now come to the conclusion that, because of the use of drugs (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, etc.), these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ never developed in the first place. They did not lose these skills they never developed because of the interference of the drugs.  The result is that they become virtual teenagers for life, running on emotions.

Case Studies

Case Study 1

My daughter and I became separated when she was just entering her teenage years. When she was in high school and college, she was taking the drug of choice at the time, meth.  We had some occasions to interact after her high school and college years.  She got off the drugs soon after college and began raising a family and I continually noticed her lack of ability to employ ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’.  Now over forty years of age and a successful stay-at-home mom with three children, she still makes decisions based on her emotions at the time and seems unable to employ ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’  to her decision-making style.

Case Study 2

I suffered a toxic fumes exposure in the workplace and lost my ability to work with numbers. My short term memory was significantly impaired and my visioning skills disappeared.  After a dozen years of therapy, I dismissed my medical advisors and their medications and picked up my banjo and guitar and began playing music again (music therapy).  I have noticed much improvement over the last couple of years and have recently picked up my math and physics books to relearn math and physics.  It feels good to meet old friends like Max Plank of Planks Constant, Compton of the Compton Effect, Differentials and Integrals – terms I have not seen in a dozen years.

Case Study 3

When I partnered up about twenty-five years ago, I inherited a brother-in-law who had been on drugs of choice in his early years.  Although the lastborn of his siblings and therefore not expected to be outstanding in managing his affairs [i], he shows complete incompetence in making use of ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills ‘to manage his financial affairs.

Case Study 4

Thirty years ago, I was involved in leading a “Newly Single” group in a local church.  One of the members had a preschool daughter by her drug-using boyfriend.  The observation period was very short but long enough to notice this boyfriend was having extreme difficulty using ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ and was under control of his emotions.

Conclusion

If a brain injury results after the ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ were developed, these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ can be recovered and repaired because they were once there to begin with.  This is not the case with teenagers who use drugs, as they never developed ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’, and these ‘Reasoning and Logic Skills’ cannot be recovered because they never developed in the first place.

QED

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Prodigal_Son/