Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum standing on stage at Recovery Reinvented 2017 with slideshow to left that reads

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As drug addiction and overdoses continue to take their toll on North Dakota families and stretch community resources, we remain committed to pursuing a holistic approach to the disease of addiction and reinventing recovery.

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.

Alcohol and drug use is the number one social issue in North Dakota. The shame and stigma of addiction continues to inhibit people from coming forward to share their stories and find recovery, as only one in 10 people affected by this disease actually seek treatment.

“North Dakota has the opportunity to be a leader in the fight against addiction. We are a small state of committed and caring people. We can unite all of our communities to reinvent recovery, provide resources, support and advocacy to eliminate the stigma of the disease of addiction.” – First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum


Recovery Reinvented is a daylong event featuring state and national addiction and recovery experts who will help us:

  • Eliminate the shame and stigma of addiction
  • Educate on the brain science of addiction as a disease
  • Empower communities across ND to foster a supportive culture for recovery

Musical and art performances will be woven in throughout the day, along with awards and special announcements. Presentations are fast-paced, engaging — sparking dialogue and change that will spread well beyond this event.

There will be an Empowerment Expo, which is a collection of organizations and resources across the state committed to enabling and empowering treatment and recovery.

Last year’s attendees described the event as a high-energy, insightful experience that left them feeling hopeful, inspired and empowered to make real change personally, and for their communities.


Many communities, groups and organizations invested in the ongoing support of this initiative will gather at this event and include:

  • Individuals, families, friends and communities affected by addiction and recovery
  • Addiction recovery advocates
  • Medical providers
  • Behavioral Health Providers
  • Faith-based communities
  • Law Enforcement & Criminal justice
  • Political Leaders
  • Emergency Responders
  • Native American communities
  • Education
  • Business and community leaders

*Continuing Education Credits will be available – more information coming soon.

Day-of Information

Location: Fargo Civic Center

Address: 4817, 207 4th St N, Fargo, ND 58102

Time: 8am-5pm

Dress Code: Casual

Parking & Downtown Experience:

Downtown Fargo offers many options for parking with over 115 acres of surface parking and multiple parking garages.

Two parking garages are within a few blocks of the Fargo Civic Center.

Roberts Commons is located at 217 Roberts Street North. This downtown parking garage is two blocks from from the Fargo Civic Center and features vibrant shops, restaurants, and recreation. The daily rate for parking is $8.

The Civic Center Ramp is adjacent to the Radisson Hotel and is located at 411 2nd Avenue North.

Click on this link to find all of the downtown Fargo parking locations including rates and hours.

For those of you who would like to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, consider riding your bike to downtown Fargo. New bike lanes are open in downtown Fargo. Great Rides Bike Share has many convenient pickup locations for biking to downtown. Click on to find a bike station near you. The dress code for Recovery Reinvented is casual, which is convenient for those of you biking to the event.

Consider ride share services to easily and conveniently drop you in downtown Fargo. Check out Uber and Lyft, or download the apps to learn more about these options. Car pooling is another great way to experience pre-Recovery Reinvented brainstorming with your favorite people.

For those of you trying to get in your 10,000 daily steps on the day of Recovery Reinvented, walking to downtown will help you achieve that goal.

The Moorhead Center Mall also offers free parking to Recovery Reinvented attendees. Hop aboard the free LinkFM bus at any of the three pick-up locations around the mall, and the LinkFM will drop off attendees just south of the Fargo Civic Center by the Fargo Public Library. Walk a half-block north and you’ll be at Recovery Reinvented.

Lunch: Lunch is free and will be served for all attendees outdoors with live entertainment at the Broadway Garage outdoor venue.


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Laurie Dhue

Laurie Dhue is a veteran news anchor, New York-based TV broadcaster and media strategist hosting shows on Fox, MSNBC and CNN. A person in long-term recovery from alcoholism, Dhue travels from coast to coast as a recovery advocate, giving speeches, moderating discussions and hosting events on behalf of recovery organizations.

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David Mee-Lee, M.D.

David Mee-Lee, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Mee-Lee has over 40 years of experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. He is co-founder of the Institute for Wellness Education and is a senior fellow in the Justice Programs Office of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Jessica Hulsey Nickel is the founder, president and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization that brings together each sector of the field, elevates awareness around addiction and implements a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. Most recently, Hulsey Nickel worked on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), landmark legislation to address the opioid epidemic, which was signed into law in July 2016. Her 25-year career focusing on addiction comes from personal experience. Both her parents struggled with heroin addiction, which led to homelessness, foster care and eventually her mother’s incarceration, after which she was raised by her grandparents.

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Donald K. Warne, M.D.

Donald K. Warne, M.D., MPH, is the associate dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and director of the Indians into Medicine program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. An enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., Warne received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995 and his master of public health degree from Harvard University in 2002. In addition to being a member of the American Public Health Association, American Medical Association and Association of American Indian Physicians, Warne served in a leadership capacity for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cancer Society.

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Adam Martin

Adam Martin is the founder and executive director of F5 Project in Fargo. Using his lived experience with addiction, homelessness and incarceration, Adam established F5 to coordinate services and provide personal support to those in the criminal justice system to deter repeat offenses. F5 Project mediates the transition journey for those re-entering society after being incarcerated, holding true to the philosophy that everyone deserves to hit the F5 refresh key to start over and find success.

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Get involved/Volunteer

There are three primary ways to get involved:

  • Attend the event
  • Volunteer
  • Participate in the Empowerment Expo

Recovery Reinvented needs many volunteers to support this transformational day of learning, dialogue, and action. To sign up to volunteer, click on the following link:

To learn more about the Empowerment Expo and resources available, email

For ongoing updates, check back or follow us on social media:

Frequent updates will be available on Facebook at @GovernorDougBurgum, @flkathrynhelgaasburgum, and @RecoveryND and on Twitter at @DougBurgum, @FirstLadyND, and @Recovery_ND.

For any questions or more information, email

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The North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference will be held in Fargo on September 4, 6, and 7. To learn more and register for the conference visit the following link: North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference

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