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From the Executive Director - Fall 2012

Posted 10/24/12 (Wed)

     September was National Recovery Month. Now in its 23rd year, Recovery Month highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery. It also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible.

     This year Heartview took a prominent role in organizing events throughout the community to recognize the miracle of recovery. The Recovery Super Slide Celebration was held on September 4th at the Super Slide Park in Bismarck. Well over 100 people showed up to enjoy the free rides, fellowship and family fun. It was a great turn-out and a super great time.

     Heartview also sponsored a marathon relay team in the Kroll’s Diner Bismarck Marathon on September 15th. Heartview's team, The Recovery Runners, included our Medical Director, Dr Melissa Henke; Bruce Carlson; Bob Johnson; Candace Ell and myself. We were very inspired and each of us ran better times than we anticipated, finishing in 2 hours and 19 minutes.

     A special premiere of the newly released documentary, Bill W., occurred at the Grand Theatres in Bismarck on September 24th. The documentary chronicles the life of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century." The screening was sold out and over 220 people witnessed the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous as told through a very moving documentary. Following the screening, a panel of experts led a discussion about the movie, including a question-and- answer period.

     Heartview Foundation embraces Recovery Month as a forum to demonstrate our commitment and support for individuals and families in recovery.

Addiction is a devastating illness, and those who have the courage and fortitude to find recovery need to be honored and celebrated. It also highlights some important changes Heartview is making to move from being identified as a treatment center to a recovery center. For too long, we have treated a very chronic illness in an acute treatment model. The strong connection to recovery helps us bridge those in early recovery into a new life of long-term recovery. 

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a proclamation naming September National Recovery Month.  Pictured from left to right are Governor Dalrymple; Kurt Snyder, Executive Director; Dawn Pearson, Department of Human Services; Sandy Thompson, West Central Human Service Center.



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