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 gifts of treatment and recovery, Randy completed his A.S. degree in addiction counseling at Minneapolis College in 2015 and worked as a full-time counselor for 2 years at RS EDEN/Eden House Recovery Services – the very same treatment program where he was once a client. Randy served as a Board of Directors member for the Steve Rummler Hope Network, the organization responsible for passing Steve’s Law in 2014.
In February 2018 Randy stepped down as a board member and was hired as the full-time Overdose Prevention Manager, which required training law enforcement, EMS, the public and anyone who wants to carry and know how to administer naloxone, the medication to reverse an opioid overdose. As a nationally recognized advocate for recovery and reform, Randy also served as a member of the MN Second Chance Coalition Board of Directors. 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 the disease of addiction.
Randy completed his B.A. degree in human services at Bethel University and lives with his wife and cat in Golden Valley, MN. In March 2019 Randy decided to follow is passion and venture out on his own and started Bold North Recovery.
Additionally, Mr. Anderson recently received a Distinguished Service Award from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) for his dedication to serving the HCSO and residents of Hennepin County and beyond.
Mr. Anderson also holds multiple state and national credentials and designations. Amongst those are a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT). Mr. Anderson is an MCB Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Approved Supervisor, and he is a CCAR designated Recovery Coach Professional - Facilitator (RCPF).