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Randy Anderson

Bold North Recovery

Founder & Principal



Recovery Advocacy


Recovery Advocacy 101

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The session will provide attendees with practical information about how to be an advocate for change in their communities. The session will demonstrate and provide easy steps for them to advocate at local, state and federal level. This session will demonstrate how important advocacy is and the impact it can have.


Randy is a person living in long term recovery and what that means to him is, he hasn’t used drugs, alcohol, or any mood-altering substance since January 9, 2005. After receiving the life-saving gift of recovery, Randy completed his A.S. degree in addiction counseling and a B.A. in human services and worked as a full-time addiction counselor for two years at Eden House Recovery Services – the very same treatment facility where he was once a patient. A formerly incarcerated person sentenced to 87 months in prison as a first-time non-violent drug user, Randy is a nationally recognized advocate for recovery and justice reform. He served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition. There he was given the opportunity to testify during the 2015/2016 legislative session in front of several legislative committees during the drug sentencing reform hearings. Because of his testimony - and that of others - MN had the most significant change in drug sentencing in nearly three decades. He is grateful to know because of those sentencing guideline changes, approximately 700 less people will be incarcerated yearly because they have a treatable disease. He lives with his wife Denise, dog Pete and cat Carl in Golden Valley, MN. In March 2019 Randy decided to follow his passion and venture out on his own and started Bold North Recovery.

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