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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recovery Reinvented Artists
Michelle Lindblom is a painter and printmaker living in Bend, Oregon. She was a college professor of Visual Art for over 24 years at Bismarck State College. Michelle has always created art using her intuition and subconscious as a guide. More recently and out of a need to share and connect her art and words with a broader audience, Michelle began writing a blog, “An Artist’s Journey”. Creating art and writing have become a positive channel as she works through her daughter’s substance use disorder. Her perspective as a parent is a voice that is vital as a means to gain understanding and compassion as we all find ways to navigate the complexities of substance use disorder.
Daniel Rogers is a retired Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at Bismarck State College. Dan holds a Master of Arts degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He was a professional actor for ten years and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Dan also taught at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis and Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Dan is a founding member and serves on the Board of Capitol Shakespeare and has served on the board of Dakota Stage Limited.
Molly McLain, Lead Mosaic Artist, is a community advocate, artist, and educator born and raised in Valley City, ND. She lives in Bismarck with her husband, newly born daughter, and a 2 and a half year old cat, Leo. Molly is active in the North Dakota arts world and frequently presents ideas, teaches classes and creates art projects and murals across the state with organizations, individuals, and schools. She strives for opportunities to hear from, listen, and empower others to find their voice and creative calling and sustain community through ingenuity and vision. Molly has a love for her family, people, the prairie, folk art and culture, mosaics, homemade potato salad, and a good joke.
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 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.
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.
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.