Per Wickstrom, CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation and A Forever Recovery, drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Michigan, spoke at the “A Salute to Detroit’s Hometown Heroes” event at Ford Field in Detroit on June 8, 2013 to honor those who have been committed to turning the city around and ending the drug epidemic that continues to threaten the community.
During the event, which was a benefit for Mack Alive and it’s partnership for a Drug Free Detroit program, Wickstrom was awarded the Spirit of Detroit award for his hard work and determination to help the city of Detroit combat drug and alcohol abuse.
“In sitting back and looking out at Detroit –and Detroit has gotten knocked down to it’s knees–the way you fix anything is to handle the youth,” said Wickstrom. “The youth of today are tomorrow’s Detroit’s heroes.
“We have to fix the youth and if we can fix our children and help our children get educated, and help them get educated on what’s bad about drugs and alcohol, we can win the war. People might think I’m crazy for those thoughts, but it actually can be done.
”Wickstrom was joined by several of the city’s well-known athletes, including World Champion boxer and Detroit native Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, former Detroit Lions Herman Moore, Ron Rice, Mel Farr, Rob Rubick and Corey Schlesinger, and current Detroit Piston Greg Monroe.
“Ford Field truly came alive with energy, enthusiasm and pride for our community and Detroit’s youth,” Wickstrom said on his website. “Our challenge now is to take this energy out into the community and continue to make a difference.
“There will be setbacks and disappointments. Having struggled with substance abuse myself for over 10 years, I know that change does not happen overnight. But with continued commitment, we can make Detroit a drug-free city.”
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