ND First Lady Encourages Reaching Out To Those Struggling With Mental Health & Addiction

Department of Health Offers Resources On Its Website

BISMARCK, N.D. — Talk turns to mental health and those battling addiction during the pandemic. North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum says we can all play a role to help those who are struggling. “Reach out to them on social media,” said Burgum. “You know if you have FaceTime, FaceTime someone. Write them a note. Just reach out and connect….

Runners Race to Raise Awareness About Addiction

Money Raised For The Race Will Be Given To The First Step Recovery Program

MOORHEAD, Minn. –While runners were getting set for the big 5k run, one woman on the sidelines is jogging her own memories of the addiction she beat over a decade ago. “I entered this program myself 11 years ago, and I have been sober the entire 11 years, and it’s a great program I recommend it to people and if…

Fargo Church Relocates After 10 Years

Recovery Worship's new location will be inside the First United Methodist Church at 906 First Avenue South

FARGO, N.D. — “This is the perfect place for imperfect people.” That’s how Pastor John Roberts describes Recovery Worship, a church for those who have been affected by addiction – from alcoholism and substance abuse to gambling or overeating. “And it may not be the addicts themselves. It could be family members, loved ones, parents, partners, spouses, children. Anybody whose…

Rep. Kelly Armstrong Holds Roundtable on Addiction in Grand Forks

What works for one person may not work for another

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Addiction is an issue that doesn’t discriminate. North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong held a roundtable to hear how local groups are tackling the issue. A theme that many organizations shared with Armstrong is the need for support. That’s everything from support through treatment to finding housing. Amber Anderson, a former meth addict, is now using her…

Fargo Cass Public Health Offers Free Naloxone Training

Everyone at the training got an emergency response kit with nasal spray

          FARGO, N.D. — You don’t have to be part of the fire department or ambulance to help if you see someone overdose. Fargo Cass Public Health offered a free naloxone training to the public. The class was completely full and even had a waiting list. Some people came because it relates to their work, but others…

Health Officials Call for More Legislation Concerning Mental Health

Law enforcement, health officials discussed tips with Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Howard Buffett

FARGO, N.D. — After serving as the Executive Director of the Sanford Health Foundation, Ty Hegland realized it was time to enter the frontline and tackle addiction head–on. “Right now, this crisis we’re all facing is by far the biggest public health issue. When it comes to alcohol, when it comes to opioids. If you go to any hospital in…

Third Annual Michael Kaspari Recovery Run/Walk Reminds People Overcoming Addiction is Possible

It raised about $30,000 for the Village First Step Recovery Program

FARGO, N.D. — More than 200 people laced up their sneakers for the third annual Michael Kaspari Memorial Recovery 5k Run and Walk. The Village’s First Step Recovery Program started putting on the race as a way to celebrate addiction recovery. It’s also a way for the mental health clinic to highlight their free family recovery clinic. The run/walk raised almost…

Gov. Burgum, First Lady Host “Recovery Reinvented” Conference

The conference drew people from a wide variety of fields

FARGO, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, hosted a conference that brought together people from a variety of fields. They are all working on one common goal: recovery for addicts. One volunteer, Theresa Rassel, has been in recovery for alcoholism for 10 years. She says she knew she had to make a change when…

N.D. Department of Health Holds Syringe Service Program Training

Health leaders from across the state learned about starting programs in their communities

FARGO, N.D. — A new program could help people who inject drugs get connected to the right resources. Health leaders learned about starting syringe service programs across North Dakota. Syringe service programs give people access to clean needles and a place to dispose used ones, but those at the North Dakota Department of Health says there’s so much more than that….

Demi Lovato Suffers Suspected Heroin Overdose

Singer and actress was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles Before Noon

LOS ANGELES — Singer and actress Demi Lovato has reportedly been hospitalized for a heroin overdose. According to TMZ, law enforcement officials say the 25-year-old singer was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles from a Hollywood Hills home just before noon. Her battles with addiction have been very public. Last month, Lovato opened up about her relapse in a…