BROADLBIN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A former NBA player from Massachusetts, who lost his career to drug abuse, has refocused his life.
Chris Herren established a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and mentoring.
Thursday morning he will speak with students at Broadalbin-Perth high school.
Herren was a high school basketball star, eventually realizing his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA only to lose it all to drug addiction. First, it was alcohol, then cocaine and oxycontin, and finally heroin.
In 1999 he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets and then played with the Boston Celtics.
Afterwards he continued to play overseas professionally. However he struggled with addiction through college and his professional career.
Alcohol and drug free since 2008, Herren refocused his life.
Herren founded the Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those affected by addiction and to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse.
Herren also has “The THP Project Purple Initiative,” it was launched to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse.