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Neuroscience of Addiction/Alcoholic Psyche

November 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



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Join us to learn how the brain becomes addicted to alcohol, drugs, and other high-risk behavior. This presentation will review the effects of substance and process addictions on the brain, how the disease of addiction creates an alcoholic psyche, and strategies for healing.


Check in will begin 15 minutes prior to the program beginning.  Due to video filming, late attendees will be asked to view the presentation in the Green Room.


The best way to locate our building is to search 5025 Riverway Drive, Houston TX 77056 in your GPS and it should take you to the corner adjacent to our building.

Due to ongoing construction in our area, please refer to our Designated Program Parking Areas map for directions on where to park. Designated parking areas will be highlighted in blue. Please do not park in the areas highlighted in red.

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Scott F. Basinger, PhD, Hope and Healing Center & Institute Founding Executive Director

Scott joined Baylor College of Medicine in 1973 as a faculty member in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience.  For the past 43 years, he has served BCM in multiple roles; educator, medical researcher, program director, fund-raiser, student counselor and advisor, and Dean in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for 20 years.  Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Medical Education, part time.  Scott accepted the Founding Executive Director position at the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in the fall of 2010, opened the Center in January of 2012, and retired from the HHC at the end of 2014.  Scott has served Houston non-profits in various roles for more than two decades; advisor, board member, and in development, raising over $16 million for their mission-based programs, including the Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. He is currently on the Adult Clinical Staff of the Memorial Herman Prevention and Recovery Center.

Scott has served as the Chair of the Baylor College of Medicine Substance Abuse Assistance Council, the Healthcare Representative for the Texas Lawyers Disability Committee, and the past Chair of the Advisory Board of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston (now the Council on Recovery), where he was the Director of Education for the Center for Recovering Families for over a decade.  The Council honored him in 2002 with the Jay Wagoner Service Award and the Mission Accomplished Award in 2003.  In 2002, the Cancer League honored him as a “Pacesetter”. Scott has served on the Boards of Archway Academy, Cornerstone Recovery, and Passages, and on the ABCNews.com Medical Advisory Board.  Cornerstone honored him with the “Vision Award” in 2015.  In 2015, the Mayor appointed him to the Houston Recovery Center Board.  In 2016, Lifeway International selected him for the Lifetime of Service Award, and The Association of Recovery Schools honored him with the Spectrum Award.  Scott is one of the associate producers of Generation Found, a documentary film highlighting a successful continuum of care for teen and adolescent recovery.  He is the Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center Family retreats, which have been attended by over 1600 family members since 1999.

Scott is a trained interventionist and provides addiction education and aftercare services for those who need help in our community.  His research interests are focused on investigating substance use disorders in teens and adolescents.  Scott has two children, two grandchildren, and is an avid sailor and traveler.


Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S, Murphy-Petersen Fellow in Behavioral Health, Hope and Healing Center & Institute

Crystal has been working with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavior disorders, and substance abuse since 1991 when she started out as a mental health technician while studying undergraduate psychology. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and her doctorate in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University.  Crystal’s areas of expertise includes addiction, adolescent brain development, prevention programming, independent living skills training, parent coaching, and training new clinicians.

Crystal’s dissertation focus was the creation of a comprehensive prevention model to teach the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to children, teens, and parents which was selected for the 2015 Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. In addition, Crystal teaches counseling skills and addiction classes as an adjunct professor and was awarded the Torch Bearer of the Year award in 2018 by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.

As the Murphy-Petersen Behavioral health fellow, Crystal will write a high-risk behavior prevention guide for parents, develop a prevention video series, conduct research on Alternative Peer Groups, and continue to educate the community regarding how a variety of high-risk behaviors can turn into addiction and effect healthy neurodevelopment. Crystal and her husband enjoy traveling and cuddling with their three cats.


November 6, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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717 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056 United States


The Hope and Healing Center & Institute