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Cindy Leingang

Coach, Bismarck-Mandan

Cindy is a loved one coach, using her experience as a mother of a 19-year-old son who was lost to addiction to help other families.

Coach type:  Loved One Coach (volunteer)

Coaching since: 2018

Lived experience: 

I’m the mother of a 19-year-old son lost to addiction and have experienced first-hand the pain when a child is sick with this disease. I’ve become very familiar with available resources and programs as well as gaps in support that can make getting well challenging. I continue to educate myself about the disease and actively participate in reducing the shame and stigma of addiction by openly talking about it and staying involved.

Professional background: 

Through my work experience, I’ve become very familiar with drug issues in the state and the challenges in our fight against the disease. We can’t “cure” addiction by placing people in our correctional centers. We need to continue to work toward different approaches to properly diagnose and address addiction and mental health issues within our communities. 

Expertise:  

Parenting and addiction, treatment methods, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), dual diagnosis, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, abuse, bullying, self-harm and suicide

Interests:  

In my spare time, I enjoy activities such taking walks, and I’m a huge dog fan. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and boating. I’m passionate about expanding my training and knowledge around addiction so I can help others.


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