An interview with Dr. Maxine Reardon-DeButte, Associate Professor of Psychology at West Texas A&M University. Dr. DeButte holds a doctorate in psychology & neuroscience and teaches on various topics within these areas.
Dr. DeButte is with us today to see if we can uncover what is underneath this escalating issue facing society worldwide with our teen deaths due to drug overdoses.
Here is an outline of some of the topics covered in this in-depth conversation.
- What Creates Addiction
- Adolescent Brain
- Theories of Addiction
- Reward Model – Positive Reinforcement
- Opiates & Rewards System
- Teen Brain
- Overactive limbic System
- Risk Factors
- Drugs cross over socioeconomic status
- Factors that help – early education
- Not one model fits all – policy makers in education, law enforcement, health, and parents need to be involved