Removing the stigma surrounding substance use disorders

Th​e annual Coming Together Conference enhances public and professional knowledge of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Recovery. The event discusses the most current tools and methods of treating SUD/co-occurring mental health disorders, and aims to reduce the stigmas associated with addiction and recovery. Professionals from medicine, law, criminal justice, social work, counseling, and education are joined by national experts and spokespersons in a full day of presentations and workshops. The conference facilitates conversation and partnerships with a variety of community organizations, while sharing community resources, programs, and outreach services available for SUD and Recovery in our region.

Join us for our free community event!
Keynote Speaker: Ryan Hampton

October 25, 2022
Dalton Center, Western Michigan University
1300 Theater Dr, Kalamazoo MI 49008

Free & Open to the Public!


October 26, 2022

Registration Required



Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University

2251 Business Ct, Kalamazoo, MI 49008


Ryan Hampton

A prominent advocate, speaker, author, and media commentator, Ryan Hampton travels coast-to-coast to add solutions to our national addiction crisis. In recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Hampton has rocketed to the center of America’s rising addiction recovery advocacy movement. An alumnus of the Clinton White House, he’s worked with multiple non-profits and national recovery advocacy campaigns. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of recovery advocacy and is changing the national conversation about addiction.


2022 Breakout Sessions

Stay tuned for more detailed information on each of these breakouts!

  • Deaths Related to Opioids and Other Drugs
  • Substance Abuse Disorders in Sexual Minorities
  • Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Collaborations in Kalamazoo County
  • Substance Use Disorders and Harm Reduction
  • Effective After School Programs for Underserved Youth
  • Racial Disparities in Addiction Treatment and Recovery
  • Substance Use Disorders and the Unhoused
  • “It Takes a Village”: Representing those with Substance Use Disorder in Criminal Court
  • Self Care for Professionals

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Application has been made for Continuing Education Units for Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, and Interprofessionals. Approvals will be posted as they are received.

Interprofessional Continuing Education



Social Workers

Thank you to our Funders, Conference Hosts, Sponsors, and Exhibitors.