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.


Dream. Hope. Act.

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.

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"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

2017 Event

Recovery Reinvented was held September 26 in Bismarck.

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:

Thank you!

We appreciate everyone who participated in our event, including volunteers, sponsors, attendees, award recipients and speakers. Together, we truly are reinventing recovery.


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

Award Recipients

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)

North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference

A Day for Prevention – coming spring 2018

Recovery Innovation Prize: Enhancing and improving recovery services through innovation
$50,000 will be awarded to the best business plan!
More information to come.

Free Through Recovery

Innovative partnership with White Bison and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
For more information, contact: Sara Durbin

Opioid Treatment, Recovery and Prevention Funding for Tribes

Association of Recovery Community Organizations

Sign up if you are interested in participating in becoming a Peer Support specialist

Stop Overdose

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"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

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This conference and the initiatives of Recovery Reinvented are made possible by our generous sponsors and partners.

North Dakota Department of Human Services
Sanford Health
Dakota Medical Foundation
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Cornerstone Bank
Bell Bank


For general questions, email