Family University 2012 invites the public to hear former NBA player Chris Herren speak about his struggle with substance abuse and his road to recovery on November 15 at 7pm. The powerful presentation for Ridgefield families, friends, and neighbors will be held at Ridgefield High School Auditorium, located at 700 North Salem Road in Ridgefield. The event is presented by the Ridgefield Prevention Council (RPC) and Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism (MCCA).
Intensive, long-term substance abuse treatment for his drug addiction is what placed Chris Herren, a former NBA player, back on the road to recovery. Herren shares his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life.
Recruited by the top Division 1 programs, Herren started his professional career at Boston College. He left Boston College and was picked up by Fresno State after injury and failed drug tests. Drafted in the 2nd round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, Herren played one year prior to being traded to the Boston Celtics in 2000.
Herren struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. He has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else and has been alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008,
“Addiction is an illness and there are plenty of people who are sick. I think it is important to get the message out about recovery because recovery is the key to restoring lives,” said Herren, whose story is chronicled in the ESPN documentary Unguarded and his memoir, Basketball Junkie.
Herren has developed numerous programs and speaks to ensure that others–particularly young adults–have the same chance.
“Taking it one day at a time has kept me sober,” he said. “I’ve had many law enforcement officers say to me that in the past, they had little empathy for addicts but after hearing my story, they began seeing it as an illness that requires medical treatment,” said Herren, who spent 11 months receiving in-patient care to treat his addiction.
Chris Herren will speak about his struggle with substance abuse and the road to recovery on November 15 at 7pm. The powerful presentation for Ridgefield families, friends, and neighbors will be held at Ridgefield High School Auditorium, located at 700 North Salem Road in Ridgefield.
For more information, visit MCCA’s website at mccaonline.com or call (203)438-8680.