Recovery Reinvented aims to help addiction problem in North Dakota

Addiction affects many people one way or another. Recovery Reinvented was born to jump start change within North Dakota. 

Hundreds piled into the Bismarck event center to be a part of the conversation to end the addiction problem in North Dakota. 

"It's a great convention and meeting, I've learned a lot of things and hopefully can help," said attendee Blaise Johnson. 

Recovery Reinvented is the brain child of North Dakota's First Lady Kathryn Burgum. She and her husband, Governor Doug Burgum, hosted a variety of speakers from all over the United States to introduce new ideas into the state. One concerning sober living communities on college campuses. 

Speaker Holly Sherman said, "There's a movement in the nation right now that is based on college campuses that is about reinventing recovery."

The Haven at College was started at the University of Southern California and has taken a new approach to addiction recovery. Holly Sherman and Sharon Weber say the peer pressure to drink and use while in college is too much for some people. 

"The idea here is to shift that and provide peer mentorship and peers that are in recovery that are normalizing this so that the peer pressure can work for recovery as well," said Weber. 

Other speakers included an organization out of Colorado that provides addiction support to Native American communities. The goal of Recovery Reinvented is to get the conversation started on addiction as a diseases in hopes of reducing the shame and stigma of getting help.

Johnson added, "Five years ago, I would have never been able to say I'm an alcoholic, but I am. And I needed help, and I got it. And I'd just like to see others get the same help that I was able to get."

Kathryn Burgum hopes this can be a yearly event and will jumpstart many new programs in the coming years.

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