Ex-NBA drug addict held free of charge meeting with high-school students

herren-sonicsFormer NBA player and a recovered drug addict, Chris Herren was at the Wilton High School Oct. 21, where he met the high-school students and delivered a speech there.

Herren didn’t speak about his professional basketball career but about his addictions, recovery and sobriety, according to Wilton Bulletin.

Herren, who played for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics from 1999 to 2001, struggled with substance abuse for most of his career — his police record includes seven drug-related felonies — but he has been drug- and alcohol-free since Aug. 1, 2008.

Following his sobriety, Herren created the nonprofit organization The Herren Project, which provides treatment navigation, mentoring programs and education to raise awareness of substance abuse dangers.

Herren hosted two sessions at the high-school, one for high school students and one for the public, free of charge.

Herren shared his story of getting into the NBA, only to fall down hard, due to his addiction.

“My goal is to make a difference in at least one person’s life,” said Herren. “I am sharing my story to spread a message of hope and to let people know that it’s never too late to start a new chapter in life.”

After playing 70 games from 1999-2001, Chris’ NBA career was over after a season ending knee injury. During his NBA career, Herren played 45 games for Denver Nuggets (averaging 3.1 ppg, 2.5 apg) and 25 games for Boston Celtics (3.3 ppg, 2.2 apg).

In total, Herren appeared in 70 NBA games, averaging 3.2 ppg, 2.4 apg in 14.4 minutes per contest. After being released by the Celtics, Herren went on to play professionally for teams in Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran.

He has since refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else, along with a mission to help others.

Herren has been drug- and alcohol-free. He is the author of “Basketball Junkie” and a nationally known speaker on the issue.


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