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Dr. Calvin Trent, who died in 2020, was a hero because he committed his entire heart and mind to providing high-quality substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services for Detroiters. A former director of the Detroit Health Department and longtime director of the department's Bureau of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, Dr. Trent was a steadfast believer in treatment on demand and was an early adopter of the philosophy that substance abuse should be treated holistically and as a health – not moral -problem.
Dr. Trent also worked tirelessly to draft Michiganders who were in recovery, and their loved ones, into a political force that would demand that elected officials adopt policies that boosted access to treatment, prevention and recovery services. His reach was so broad that the national organization Faces and Voices of Recovery has named an award recognizing individuals who have shown exemplary leadership in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the recovery community after him and will present it for the first time at the organization's annual convention in October, 2021.
The federal government tapped his expertise by sending him to Zanzibar, a territory of the African nation of Tanzania, where he worked with local recovery experts to establish a sober house. His impact was so powerful that the community named the sober house after Dr. Trent. The leadership and board of Detroit Recovery Project, a non profit that he helped to launch, has renamed one of its major facilities the Calvin Trent Wellness Recovery Resource Center. In the "about" section of his Facebook page, Dr. Trent wrote, "It is my dream to contribute to making Detroit the healthiest urban community in the nation."