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.

  1. What Creates Addiction
  2. Adolescent Brain
  3. Theories of Addiction
  4. Reward Model – Positive Reinforcement
  5. Opiates & Rewards System
  6. Predisposition
  7. Teen Brain
  8. Overactive limbic System
  9. Risk Factors
  10. Drugs cross over socioeconomic status
  11. Factors that help – early education
  12. Not one model fits all – policy makers in education, law enforcement, health, and parents need to be involved

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