Addiction

Dakota Medical Foundation Hosts Forum on Preventing Youth Addiction

The younger kids receive education or intervention, the better

FARGO, N.D. — The Dakota Medical Foundation teamed up with LevelUp Fargo to put on a summit on preventing addiction among young people. They say the main points to focus on are prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery, and that addiction needs to be treated like any other medical condition. “We remove the stigma that addiction is a disease, not a moral…

Serving Up Pie for Area Charity

Trinity Lutheran Church holds its annual Salad and Pie Luncheon

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A congregation at one local church gathered to help an area charity. The annual Salad and Pie Luncheon was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Moorhead. Hundreds gathered for a meal provided by the church. Our own Alison Voorhees and Rob Kupec helped serve coffee and clean up. This year, the proceeds will go towards The…

Living Free Participants Overcome Addiction and Move Towards Healthier Life

Sixty men and women were honored tonight after graduating from the Living Free program

FARGO, N.D. —Overcoming addiction is no simple feat. That’s why Living Free, a faith-based group in the F-M area, is honoring those moving towards a healthier life. Living Free has worked with 20 different churches in the metro. The goal is to guide those people struggling with addiction back to their faith. Sixty men and women were honored tonight at the…

New Training Program for Addiction Recovery Coaches

Peer recovery support services can create a non-judgmental environment

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health put on a Recovery Coach Academy, which trains former addicts to become recovery coaches. “Because of that lived experience, we’ve been down the road, we know obstacles… we never tell people what they need to do. It’s not prescriptive. We help people make their own decisions,” said Kris Kelly of the Minnesota Recovery…

Bringing Opiate Education to the Moorhead Community

Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Moorhead Police Department have partnered up

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Moorhead Police Department have partnered up to bring opiate education to the community. They hosted a seminar for people to learn more about the epidemic affecting millions across the nation and people right here in the valley. The Moorhead Police Department recently brought on a chaplain to their team…

Kathryn Helgaas Burgum Joins Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Board

North Dakota's First Lady adopted addiction recovery as her platform

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum has been named to the board of directors of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of addiction treatment and recovery resources. Helgaas Burgum adopted addiction recovery as her platform as the state’s first lady. She’s a recovering alcoholic and says she wants to…

ShareHouse Rehab Center Already Expanding Services Eight Months After Opening

they started with nine beds and now have 35

FARGO, N.D. — It’s no secret drug addiction affects the lives of many people throughout the United States and right here in the metro. That’s why there continues to be a growing need for addiction related services. When people struggling with drug addictions first enter ShareHouse Rehab Center in Fargo, they often say the same thing. “The number one thing we…

Medical Examiner: Singer Tom Petty Died of Accidental Opioid Overdose

The coroner says Petty had traces of fentanyl, oxycodone and several other drugs in his system

ReutersLOS ANGELES, Calif. — An autopsy report concludes that singer and songwriter, Tom Petty, died from an accidental drug overdose. Petty, 66, had just ended a tour with his band, the Heartbreakers, when he suffered a heart attack at his home in Malibu on october 2. The coroner says Petty had traces of fentanyl, oxycodone and several other drugs in…

Mayors’ Blue Ribbon Commission Hopes to Educate People on Struggles with Addiction

The commission is getting out into the community because members say addiction shouldn't be a closet discussion

FARGO, ND — The Mayors’ Blue Ribbon Commission is trying to educate more people in the Metro about what it means to struggle with addiction. More than 10 people died from an opioid overdose in Fargo-Moorhead from January to September 2017. The commission is getting out into the community because members say addiction shouldn’t be a closet discussion. They say…

Dick Beardsley Talks Staying Sober, Battling Addiction with First Step Recovery in Fargo

He says it's important to share his story and continue to inspire others to get better one day at a time

FARGO, ND — Dick Beardsley shares his personal story of hope and redemption with patients and supporters of First Step Recovery in Fargo. In February, Beardsley will be 21 years sober, after battling a prescription drug addiction. He says it’s important to share his story and continue to inspire others to get better one day at a time. He also…