Ex-NBA guard Chris Herren, who destroyed his own career because of his drug addiction, has been using his own experiences to inspire and positively affects others with the same problem.
According to AthletePromotions, Herren recently spoke in front of a capacity crowd at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois about the 14 years he spent in the dark wrestling with the demons of substance abuse, and how he made the right decision to save his own life.
After speaking at Prairie Ridge he went on to speak at Crystal Lake South later in the day.
According to Herren the speech at Crystal Lake South were two of the most intense hours he’s gone through since starting to speak to crowds.
He closed out his visit to Crystal Lake with another speech at Crystal Lake Central on Thursday, November 6.
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.Follow @exnbadotcom
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