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The Physiology of Addiction

Dr. Ruth Potee
Reliant Foundation

By Dr. Ruth Potee

A recognized expert on brain development addiction, and substance abuse, Dr. Potee will discuss how substances and addictive behaviors impact (and injure!) the brain.

Learn the three predisposing factors that put individuals at risk for addiction:

  • Genetics
  • Early exposure during brain development
  • History of childhood trauma.

Join us for this well researched, stigma-reducing lecture, presented by the Reliant Foundation in observance of National Recovery Month.

Monday, September 16
3:30 p.m.

Quinsigamond Community College
Hebert Auditorium
670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606


  • 3:30 p.m. Resource Table/Refreshments
  • 4:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
    • Dr.  Luis G. Pedraja, President, ​Quinsigamond Community College
    • Kelsa Zereski, President, Reliant Foundation
    • Joseph D. Early, Jr; Worcester County District Attorney
  • 4:15 p.m. Dr. Ruth Potee Presentation
  • 5:30 p.m. Audience Q&A
  • 6:00 p.m. Reception

There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is required due to limited seating.

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