Coming Together 2017 : Conference & Community Event
Coming Together 2017 takes place Wednesday, October 25th, and is a collaboration between Community Healing Centers and the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse at Western Michigan University.
We hope to reduce the stigma associated with treatment and recovery, while facilitating conversation and partnerships with a variety of community organizations.
We will raise awareness of the programs and outreach services available in the community for those children, families, and individuals struggling in the shadows of addiction.
The conference will provide the latest information, tools, and knowledge in the treatment field. Professionals from medicine, law, social work, and education will be joined by outstanding national experts and spokespersons in a full day of presentations and workshops.
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Tony has been sober since May 17th, 2007. His BMX career started in high school, as he was a top-ranked BMX amateur with multiple endorsements. Around this time, Tony started drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, and using prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. His life took a turn for the worse as he became addicted at such a young age and lost everything.
In 2004 Tony was sent to prison for two years. It was there that he began rebuilding his life’s purpose. After being released in 2008, he started living out his dream, with his addiction behind him.
Today, Tony is a changed man, and inspires so many to live their life with purpose. Tony has dedicated his life, to bringing awareness around the country, describing how dangerous prescription pill and heroin abuse are, as well as advocating a shift in thinking towards current addiction-recovery processes.
Since March 2008, Kenneth Stecker has served as a Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan’s TSRP. Previously he was Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Branch County and assistant prosecuting attorney for the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office.
During the 2015 Lifesavers Conference, Kenneth received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Public Service Award and was recognized for his outstanding service in providing expert legal advice and training resources to Michigan’s criminal justice community. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and the University of Detroit School of Law.
Join us for a free community event before the conference!
Who: Tony Hoffman
When: Tuesday, October 24th. Doors open at 6:00 pm, Program begins at 6:30 pm.
Where: Air Zoo
What: Hear Tony share how small life choices led to large consequences involving prescription painkiller and heroin abuse. Learn how he overcame those consequences with a new mindset that allowed him to become a professional athlete, Olympic coach at the Rio Games, and a successful business owner dedicated to bettering his community.
*No registration needed for Community Event.
Continuing Education Units
This course, Coming Together 2017: A Community Conference on Addiction and Recovery, being offered on October 25, 2017, by the Community Healing Centers, is approved for 6.0 CE hours by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. The approval number is 090817-04. The Collaborative is the approving body for the Michigan Board of Social Work.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Community Healing Centers.
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsä. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Number of credits subject to change.