“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,” said Gov. Doug Burgum.
During the event, a number of recovery advocates were honored with awards, and new initiatives to engage the state in innovative prevention and recovery efforts were announced.
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
Sustainable Recovery – William Moyers
Igniting a Conspiracy of Hope on College Campuses – Sharon Weber and Holly Sherman
Criminal Justice Reform and Re-entry – 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