‘Recovery Reinvented’ to be held in Grand Forks this week

Speakers, other programming will highlight knowledge, innovative ideas to inspire hope and encouragement for those affected by the disease

North Dakota's First Lady Kathryn Burgum addresses the audience gathered for the Recovery Reinvented event last year in Bismarck. She and her husband, Gov. Doug Burgum, will host the sixth annual Recovery Reinvented event Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
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GRAND FORKS – With the theme, “Advocacy in Action,” the sixth annual Recovery Reinvented event will provide a forum for education on and innovative responses to the disease of addiction Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Alerus Center.

This will be the first time this event has been held in Grand Forks; it has been in Bismarck and Fargo, and online during the pandemic.

Registration is open for the day-long event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is dedicated to ending the shame and stigma that surrounds addiction. Space is limited; registration is required. To register, or for more information, visit . Registrants will be asked to indicate whether they plan to attend in-person or virtually and may update their registration status at any point.

Hosted by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum, the event is free for both in-person attendees and online via livestream broadcast at . Opportunities to volunteer at the event are also available.

Addiction experts will share their insights on how to turn advocacy into action, organizers say.


“National and local thought leaders at this year’s Recovery Reinvented will bring a wealth of knowledge and innovative ideas for how we can build and support strong communities of recovery,” First Lady Burgum said. “This year, like every year, we will continue to lift up courageous, inspiring stories of recovery from those with lived experience that provide the hope that people can and do recover from this disease.”

The guest speakers are:

Dr. Bruce Perry, principal of the Neurosequential Network, senior fellow of The Child Trauma Academy and adjunct professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University medical school. Perry, a Bismarck native, has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and neuroscience. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy around the world. He is co-author of “The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog,” a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and “Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.” His most recent book, “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing,” co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.

Carrie Steinseifer-Bates, outreach manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming. She is living in long-term recovery from substance abuse disorder. She got sober in 2012 after multiple stays in treatment and has dedicated her life’s work to helping others find treatment and recovery. She has a deep passion for recovery and a strong belief that treatment saves lives.

Philip Rutherford, chief operating officer for Faces & Voices of Recovery, is a recovery coach and passionate member of the recovery community. He is credited for his significant role in the conception, design, launch and facilitation of the Recovery Data Platform, a first-of-its-kind, cloud-based platform that has become a valuable asset in longitudinal data collection for peer-based services. He is a member of standing committees of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies, and serves on the boards of several Minnesota nonprofits dedicated to addiction treatment and recovery.

Teliea Baker, director of The Door Recovery Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. She has been the lodge’s director since it opened in 2018. The facility focuses on providing a sober environment for people in the community as well as a variety of recovery meetings, mentorship and referrals to treatment resources. Baker’s mission stems from her six-year battle with heroin and alcohol addiction and experience with the criminal justice system. A certified peer support specialist trainer, she shares her story to give hope that will motivate and encourage others affected by addiction. In 2019, she accepted the Recovery Reinvented Zezula Award.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (right) and First Lady Kathryn Burgum speak to those gathered for the Recovery Reinvented event last year in Bismarck. Gov. Burgum stated that this event "is needed more now than ever, with substance abuse and drug overdose deaths having increased substantially during the pandemic."

This year’s Recovery Reinvented will focus on reinventing recovery through sharing hopeful stories of finding recovery from addiction, empowering individuals to be recovery advocates by enacting local change, and recognizing local organizations and individuals who actively work to end stigma and empower recovery during live, on-stage recordings for the “Recovery Elevator Podcast,” a national platform that helps listeners address their addiction challenges.

The event will also include a “Recovery Resources Expo,” which will connect people to a wide variety of addiction, recovery and mental health resources across the state. Information and resources will be available to family members to help guide conversations around addiction and recovery.


Throughout the day, Recovery Reinvented awards will honor local individuals and groups that are making a tremendous impact in the field of addiction and recovery, organizers say.

“Recovery Reinvented is needed more now than ever, with substance abuse and drug overdose deaths having increased substantially during the pandemic,” said Gov. Burgum, who has proclaimed September as “Recovery Month” in North Dakota.

“For those struggling with mental health and addiction and the stigma of both, and for all whose lives are touched by addiction, Recovery Reinvented is an opportunity to listen and learn about addiction and share their personal experience to highlight that there is hope in recovery.”

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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