After serving 30 years in the US Army, Paul Stroklund has been an advocate for improvement in the addiction arena. At the time of his retirement in 2011, his daughter was deeply addicted to opiates starting from a doctor’s prescription. Finding a lack of assistance for her treatment, Paul began advocating for increased addiction services.

He and his wife, Pam, are currently raising four grandsons so that their daughter can continue to fight this incredible disease. Now, after seven years, services are slowly becoming available.

Paul served on the Mayor's Committee on Addiction, which included many group meetings and educational talks focused on breaking the stigma of addiction. He served as the chairperson of the education and outreach subcommittee.

Paul is currently the Project Officer for a Bush Grant that is defining the addiction problem, gaps, and needs to address this epidemic in Minot, North Dakota and the surrounding area.

Paul has just been appointed by the Governor of North Dakota to a three-year term on the North Dakota Behavioral Health Planning Committee to bring the addiction crisis to the forefront.