Recovery Reinvented is an ongoing series of innovative practices and initiatives to eliminate the shame and stigma of addiction in North Dakota. We are uniting to find solutions to help people in our state affected by the disease of addiction.
Addiction is a chronic brain disease that affects behavior. The disease of addiction is destroying lives, families and futures across every social and economic group in our country.
This year alone, more than 60,000 people will die from a drug overdose in the United States. That’s more people than will die from car crashes.
In our own state, alcohol and drug use is the No. 1 social issue.
Half of all arrests in our state are alcohol or drug related, and 75 percent of those in our prisons have an addiction.
Addiction has an impact on all North Dakotans. Addiction is treatable, and there is hope for recovery. Now is the time to act. It’s never too late, and it’s never too early. Help start the healing and reinvent recovery.
"I envision a bright future for our state. A future where prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover from addiction. And where we unite to help those affected by the disease of addiction."
- North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum
Presentations and discussion centered on proven approaches to address addiction and recovery without shame or stigma in North Dakota. See a video of a portion of the event here:
Sustainable Recovery – William Moyers
Igniting a Conspiracy of Hope on College Campuses – Sharon Weber and Holly Sherman
Criminal Justice Reform and Reentry – Mark Holden
A Holistic Approach to Native American Recovery – Carlos Rivera
Recovery Community Organizations – Nell Hurley
Welcome to Recovery Reinvented – Governor and First Lady
Questions, Answers and Wrap-up
Drum Circle – Standing Rock Sioux
Legacy Award: Mike Kaspari, First Step Fargo
Frontier Award: Judith Roberts, Hope Manor Sober Living
Phoenix Award: Adam Martin, F5 Project
Trailblazer Award: Dr. Monica Mayer
Zezula Award: Kayleen Wardner and Senator Richard Wardner
What is Addiction (video)
Recovery Innovation Prize: Enhancing and improving recovery services through innovation
$50,000 will be awarded to the best business plan!
More information to come.
Innovative partnership with White Bison and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
For more information, contact: Sara Durbin firstname.lastname@example.org
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Forum News Service
Grand Forks Herald
"As drug addiction and overdoses continue to take their toll on North Dakota families and stretch community resources, the first lady and I are committed to pursuing a holistic approach that includes treating addiction like the chronic disease that it is, and reducing the social stigma and shame surrounding addiction."
- Governor Doug Burgum