BISMARCK, N.D. - Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, North Dakota's first lady, has been in recovery for over 15 years. Since she became the first lady, she's focusing her platform on addiction and recovery.
Kathryn and Doug Burgum host Recovery Reinvented. The group brings together people from education, law enforcement, and faith based organizations to get information about addiction and recovery out to the public.
"The more people don't talk about it, the more there's like this idea that it's a secret. But it's a chronic brain disease. We shouldn't deal with it with punishment, we need to deal with it with treatment, as a health concern," said Kathryn Helgaas Burgum.
North Dakota is the only state with this type of program.
This is a grass roots campaign, where everyone has the opportunity to become an advocate for recovery by talking about addiction like it's a disease.