Former Boston Celtic Chris Herren discusses life as an addict, hoping to save others from his struggles.
Former NBA player and Boston Celtic Chris Herren has made it his mission to tell his story of drug addiction to teens around Massachusetts with the hope of preventing what happened to him. A once blossoming basketball career became derailed due to drug addiction, an addiction he says started with peer pressure while he was attending Boston College. Acton Patch blogger Angela Zhao attended Herren's lecture recently at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, and writes about how he tried to be personal with the audience, hoping to reach as many kids possible. Click here to read Zhao's blog.
Acton Boxborough United Way and ABRHS PTSO joined forces to bring the former Boston Celtic, the subject of a book titled Basketball Junkie: A Memoir, to speak at the high school.
When Fall River native Chris Herren was a high school student, he attended presentations aimed at curbing substance abuse by teens. At the time, Herren was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. But the fact that nearly everyone he knew was doing it, coupled with his status as a heavily-recruited basketball player heading for college on an athletic scholarship, influenced his assessment of those talks. Speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 students, parents and teachers assembled at ABRHS last Wednesday night, Herren described his then-reaction. “That story doesn’t pertain to me,” he said. Within three weeks of Herren’s arrival on the Boston College campus as a freshman, his coach was contacted by Sports Illustrated and told that the star …