Chris Herren, founder of Herren Project, struggled with substance use disorder for 14 years. He was a high school basketball star in Fall River, Massachusetts at Durfee High School but battled with drug and alcohol addiction from the time he was a teenager. He went on to play college basketball at California State University, Fresno and Boston College. From there, he joined the NBA and played for the Denver Nuggets and his home team, the Boston Celtics. It seemed he was living out his dream, but behind closed doors, Chris Herren’s addiction controlled his life.
In June of 2008, within hours of a heroin overdose, Chris was released from a hospital and sent back out on the street. Only partially through detoxification, with no healthcare coverage and little money to his name, he was overwhelmed by a sense of shame, with few options and no place to turn.
Thankfully, friends stepped in to support Chris – emotionally and financially – and helped him get into an extended treatment program to recover from substance use disorder. This was his lifeline, his chance at recovery… and he took it.
Chris has been sober since August 1, 2008 and is loving life in recovery. Now, he can wholeheartedly experience the joys of life – fatherhood, partnership, friendship and family – and can help make a difference in the lives of others.
In 2011, Chris Herren wanted to provide the same kind of support that he received to others in similar situations and started Herren Project – a nonprofit to help people get into treatment for drug and alcohol addictions. Since then, the organization has flourished. Herren Project has branched out into offering recovery scholarships, family support services, prevention programs for schools and wellness initiatives for communities nationwide.