The founder of Best Drug Rehabilitation in Manistee, Michigan, Per Wickstrom is a man in recovery himself. At the age of 38, Per Wickstrom hit rock bottom and could no longer enjoy the activities that once gave his life meaning. Since having his own life saved at an addictions center, he has committed himself to helping others struggling with addiction and providing younger generations with the tools they need to avoid substance abuse problems in the future. As part of this latter goal, he teamed with former WBO Cruiser Weight World Champion Tyrone Booze and Sugar Ray Tony Rozario to found Elite Fighting and Fitness in Battle Creek, Michigan.
In his younger years, Per Wickstrom boxed professionally. His time as a boxer taught him the vital role of sports and healthy competition in the development of children and young adults. Through his boxing academy, he teaches young minds the value of hard work and discipline. Perhaps most importantly, the students learn to respect each other. By instilling these values in today’s youth, he hopes to forge a future in which fewer individuals turn to substances to fill the holes in their lives. After all, life is a lot like boxing: You are always going to get hit. The trick is learning how to get back up.