One of the core takeaways from Maine Focus Editor Erin Rhoda’s project “Garrett” comes from an interview she had with Pat Kimball, executive director of Wellspring, a substance use treatment center in Bangor.

The gist is that one of the core traits of an addiction is difficulty changing your behavior even if it has negative outcomes. But people with addiction are often treated as though they’ve made bad decisions, and they could stop if they really wanted to. That misconception goes against decades of science, which shows that addiction is a disorder of the brain.

Check out the video above, which also includes some insight from some of Garrett Brown’s friends.

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Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...