January 12, 2022

Ann Arbor Event to Throw a Punch at Addiction Stigma


Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 13, 2022 - The stigma that surrounds substance use disorders continues to be a major barrier to lifesaving treatment. It keeps the problem hidden in the shadows. To fight back, a documentary film producer teamed up with the University of Michigan Addiction Center and Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics to bring a one-of-a-kind free event to the Michigan Theater on the evening of February 22, 2022, starting at 5:30 p.m. This event will include a:

Documentary film screening of We Can Be Heroes, from acclaimed director Mike Ramsdell, Under the Hood Productions, and executive produced by Peter Berg. The film follows Taylor “Machine Gun” Duerr as he fights his way to a national boxing title inside the ring, while fighting the demons of addiction out of the ring;

Panel discussion on addiction stigma moderated by the Director of the U-M Addiction Center, Dr. Frederic C. Blow. Panelists include Taylor Duerr, Mike Ramsdell, treatment professionals, and community and national leaders;

Curated art show featuring local and regional artists who have been affected by substance use disorders, reflecting their experience and their hope; and

Free print copy of I’m Still a Person: The Stigma of Substance Use & Power of Respect, a workbook designed to help people take thoughtful action to address the stigma of addiction within themselves, their families, and their communities.

“This event is a unique opportunity to bring visibility to the issue of addiction stigma by using the visual arts to inspire hope within individuals, families and communities to encourage treatment, promote recovery, and save lives.”

Frederic C. Blow

Professor and Director

University of Michigan Addiction Center

The burden of stigma prevents individuals and families from getting lifesaving help. This event will inspire and motivate critical conversations about addiction stigma and spread the message of hope that help is available and recovery is possible. Learn more and get your free tickets here.



Media Inquiries:

Angela Tiberia

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