Stories of celebrity’s arrested for driving under the influence, in and out of rehabs and dying from an over dose are all too common in the news. Once in a while there is a game changer who inspires us, today it’s Chris Herren. Herren, a former NBA star with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics has more than four years of sobriety and is talking about his past of a roller-coaster life and trying to help others who have had to deal with the addiction struggles he faced.
Herren, visited Sober Living by the Sea addiction treatment programs Thursday to speak with clients in treatment and help raise awareness about addiction and recovery.
Herren has been alcohol and drug-free since Aug. 1, 2008. He struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. He has since refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else, along with a mission to help others.
The visit was part of Herren’s partnership with Sober Living by the Sea’s parent company, CRC Health Group, known as one of the nation’s largest providers of addiction treatment and behavioral health services.
“As I travel the United States speaking and sharing my story, each day I see first-hand the need for effective treatment programs,” Herren said in a press release. “CRC Health Group offers a comprehensive network of treatment facilities and programs nationwide and I enjoy working with them to make a difference in the lives of people struggling with substance abuse.”