Governor, First Lady announce Recovery Reinvented event

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 12:30pm

Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum are inviting addiction recovery advocates, behavioral health providers, business and community leaders, faith-based organizations, families, first responders, health care providers and administrators, law enforcement, Native American communities, university and college representatives and more to save the date for Recovery Reinvented on Sept. 26, 2017, in Bismarck.

The daylong event will feature facilitated conversations with state and national recovery experts to discuss ways to “reinvent recovery” through innovative implementation in North Dakota.  

The governor and first lady recognize that alcohol and drug use is the number one social problem in North Dakota.  

“Half of all arrests are alcohol- or drug-related, and 75 percent of those in our prisons have an addiction. Addiction is a chronic disease that is treatable. The governor and I have pledged to reduce the social stigma and shame surrounding addiction and treat addiction like the chronic disease that it is,” Helgaas Burgum said. “Recovery Reinvented will bring together state and national recovery experts to share innovative practices that can lead to action – reinventing recovery right here in North Dakota.”

Recovery Reinvented is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Bismarck Event Center.

A video announcement from the governor and first lady is posted at https://behavioralhealth.dhs.nd.gov/nd-first-lady.