Governor Doug Burgum, wearing a black suit coat and jeans, stands to the right of First Lady Kathryn Burgum, wearing a white jacket and jeans, in front of a screen with a picture of an award that says Hope, Dream, Act.

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Families Strong

Families Strong program is available for free for interested citizens. Developed by the Addiction Policy Forum and Mosaic Group, Families Strong is a support group-based model developed to support families impacted by substance use disorders. This program focuses on helping family members develop self-care, build social supports and learn effective motivational strategies for interacting with a loved one who is struggling with a substance use disorder. To learn more and express interest in participating in the program click here.

Workplace Recovery Initiative

The Recovery Reinvented team has provided a collection of resources for employers that includes resources and toolkits with a breadth of ideas and best-practices which you can find here. We will be sharing more resources as they come available, as well as communicating announcements about programs specifically designed for employers.

Recovery Talk

A free and confidential phone line with trained peer support specialists available 24/7 to offer support and share local resources. Call 844-44-TALK2 (844-448-2552) and speak to a trained peer support specialist with lived experience in addiction to receive support. To learn more about this resource click here.

Upcoming Peer Support Training

Peer Support Specialists are individuals with similar first-hand, lived experience and demographic identifiers as the individuals they are serving. Peer Support Specialists use their experience to support others in their recovery, serve as a pro-social model, provide information, guidance and advice, establish good rapport, and offer insight to the participant’s care team.

View upcoming free training schedule hosted by the ND Department of Human Services to earn your peer support certification here.


Naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose in emergency situations, was once again provided to attendees who received training in naloxone administration. Two single-dose kits of naloxone were available for free to interested participants at the event.

Faces & Voices Reinventing Recovery in North Dakota

At Recovery Reinvented, we highlighted the faces and voices of everyone who is reinventing recovery in North Dakota. The response we received was incredible! Stories of the hope found in recovery, why people are using their voices to eliminate the stigma of addiction, and why they continue to support those who are struggling.


Phoenix Award

Shannon Roers Jones, state representative from District 46 in Fargo, for her work in promoting legislation that provides second chance opportunities for people coming out of the criminal justice system.

Pioneer Award

David Reich, South Central Judicial District judge, for creating the Runners Against Destructive Decisions program to engage judicial members, men and women coming out of the criminal justice system and at-risk youth in a community running program.

Zezula Award

Teliea Baker, director of The Door, for her dedicated work using her lived experience with addiction to empower others toward recovery as a peer support specialist and director of The Door in New Town, N.D.

Trailblazer Award

Michael Dulitz, Opioid Response Project coordinator for Grand Forks Public Health, for his innovative work implementing programs, increasing access to treatment and peer support, and changing the conversation around the disease of addiction.

Featured Videos

Recovery Reinvented 2019

November 12, 2019 | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Bismarck Event Center

Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum invite you to join them for this inspirational event, which will feature state and national addiction and recovery experts who will focus on:

– Reinventing recovery by empowering communities to take action

– Creating recovery-friendly workplace environments

– Eliminating the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

The Recovery Reinvented team has provided a collection of resources for employers that includes toolkits with a breadth of ideas and best-practices which you can find on We will be sharing more resources as they come available, as well as communicating announcements about programs specifically designed for employers.

The event will also include a Recovery Resources Expo, which will connect people to extensive addiction, recovery, and mental health organizations and resources from across the state. Information and resources will be available to family members to help guide conversations around addiction and recovery. Recovery Reinvented awards will honor local individuals and groups that are making a tremendous impact in the field of addiction and recovery.


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Gary Mendell

Gary Mendell, the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit focused on reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered. Since founding Shatterproof in 2012, Mendell has been a national leader in the addiction space, creating solutions that will create more access to treatment for opioid and substance use disorders, including the creation of the Shatterproof National Principles of Care to guide providers, payers and patients to quality treatment. He advocates for state and federal policy changes and soon will be launching a national strategy and call to action to address stigma related to opioid and substance use Disorders.

Riley Salmon

Riley Salmon is a three-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic Gold medalist for USA Men’s Volleyball team. He played professional indoor volleyball for 17 season as well as three professional seasons for the AVP Beach Tour. Salmon struggled with addiction for the better part of 10 years and has been in recovery for 22 months. He currently serves as the Head Coach for the Men’s Volleyball team at the University of Jamestown.

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Carol McDaid

Carol McDaid, principal at Capitol Decisions Inc. in Washington, D.C. As a person in long-term recovery with over 25 years of federal legislative experience in Washington, McDaid brings a breadth of knowledge and policy expertise in combatting the disease of addiction and supporting recovery. McDaid played a strong role in the passing of landmark legislation requiring insurers to treat addiction, mental and physical health problems equally. Having established one of Virginia’s leading peer-to-peer recovery community organizations with her husband, her experience will translate how to effectively engage communities to support recovery.

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Dr. Leander "Russ" McDonald

Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald is the current president of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. McDonald is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation and a proud descendant of the Sahnish, Hidatsa, and Hunkpapa Nations. Prior to beginning his role as president of UTTC in 2014, McDonald served as chairman for the Spirit Lake Nation and was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health. His published research focused on Native elders’ health risks and disparities, American Indian veterans’ access to health care, and American Indians’ behavior risk factors. An example of the power of recovery, McDonald is a person in long-term recovery for 25 years after going through treatment 16 times.

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