He calls it a former life, the years of drinking that led to five DUIs, ending with jail time and years of probation.   In his current life, he analyzes data at Sioux Falls-based Face It TOGETHER, using technology to help people get well and to destigmatize addiction care. This year he was also named a Bush Foundation Fellow and is examining what it means to be a leader, and how addiction—treated and untreated—can have a ripple effect on communities.

Local leaders in Grand Forks, N.D., in partnership with Face It TOGETHER, will be hosting an important community leader meeting to discuss plans to address addiction in the community.

Face It Together, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., aims to become a hub for connecting people in western North Dakota to drug and alcohol addiction services, said Whitesock, who serves as the organization's addiction information officer.

Back in September, Kevin Kirby, our CEO and Co-Founder, stood on the OTA: Fargo stage and described how our organization in Sioux Falls is helping to solve the problem of drug and alcohol addiction. He announced that Face It TOGETHER was ready to come to North Dakota. He asked the 350 OTA attendees if they were ready. The response was a resounding "yes!"