The Governor and First Lady of North Dakota have announced that on September 26th 2017 there will be a day of “facilitated conversations” about addiction recovery. “Recovery Reinvented”, as they are calling this event, will be a conference centered on teaching people that addiction is a chronic disease that is treatable.
They plan on bringing together state and national experts in recovery to share innovative practices that will directly help people take action against their addictions. It is going to be a very personable and applicable event, North Dakota’s First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum even plans on sharing her experiences as a recovered alcoholic to help others that are similarly struggling. This event should have a very positive effect on increasing awareness and helping improve the national addiction epidemic within their state.
It is great to see that North Dakota is taking action against addiction especially keeping in mind that they have a relatively less severe problem with drug addiction. Hopefully other states will follow their example, and work towards raising awareness and providing solutions within their own spheres of influence.