Former NBA drug addict co-raises over $100,000 for rehab center

chris-herren-studentsEx-NBA guard Chris Herren and heavy metal band Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil have reportedly raised as much as $100,000 for a New Jersey rehab center, TMZ reported.

TMZ said, citing its own sources, that Neil and Herren were instrumental in raising more than $100,000 for Turning Point – a drug and alcohol rehab facility that hosted a big charity gala in October 2014.

Herren, who documented his battle with drugs in his book “Basketball Junkie”, was guest of honor at the gala and talked about how he overcame addiction.

A basketball player from Fall River, Mass., Herren realized his dream to play for the NBA, only to lose it to addiction.

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 since Aug. 1, 2008. He is the author of “Basketball Junkie” and a nationally known speaker on the issue.


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