BISMARCK — North Dakotans will share their stories of addiction next month at Recovery Reinvented, an annual conference hosted by Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Burgum.

The event focuses on eliminating stigma surrounding addiction in North Dakota by bringing together addiction experts and people who have lived experience with the illness.

“As challenging as the past 18 months have been, we recognize the importance of lifting up the voices and experiences of North Dakotans facing addiction,” Kathryn Burgum said in a statement. “Attendees will have the opportunity to connect to diverse stories from those in tribal communities, professionals in recovery, service providers on the front lines, family members and more.”

Recovery Reinvented is scheduled for Oct. 25 at the Bismarck Event Center.

Several keynote speakers are planned for the event, including a North Dakota resident, an addiction physician and a social psychologist who specializes in stigma and substance abuse disorders.

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Attendees can also connect with addiction and mental health resources at the event.

Recovery Reinvented is free to the public, and registration is required. People can register at A livestream of the conference will also be available.

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