"Addiction is a disease that, because it involves some of the oldest parts of the brain, is exceptionally difficult to root out, a physician told a local audience Thursday.
Dr. Ruth Potee - who is the medical director of the Franklin County House of Correction and has worked with the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin - spoke at the Franklin High School auditorium that night at the invitation of the Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment (SAFE) Coalition. She went into the roots of addiction and discussing how it affects developing adolescents.
Potee said addiction is rooted in a part of the brain - the reward center - that helped human ancestors survive.
"Our ancestors were very good at two specific behaviors: they were compulsive, and they were perseverators," she said. "These are fabulous behaviors when it comes to survival, but they're tricky behaviors when you're dealing with substance abuse disorders."
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