Chris Herren | From Basketball Prodigy to Full-Blown Drug Addict to Recovery Advocate, Motivational Speaker & Founder of The Herren Project & Herren Wellness
Knockin' Doorz Down
Chris’s love of basketball was forced on him in his childhood. It was a very competitive household. His brother was s very successful basketball star in high school, and Chris found himself following in his footsteps. His father was an alcoholic, and Chris feels he inherited this troublesome trait. Chris Herren had a storied career in basketball. He loved the culture of basketball & performing, but he didn’t truly see this as a passion in his life. In his senior year, Herren was named the Boston Globe and Gatorade Player of the Year. He also was named to the McDonald's All-America Team. He went to Boston College in 1994, where he failed multiple drug tests for marijuana & cocaine, which led to him being kicked out of college and the team. He then transferred to Fresno State under coach Jerry Tarkanian. Chris says that the first four years at Fresno State were his career-defining years. He was at his best during that time but eventually fell back into his old habits. When Herren made it to the NBA, he eventually made his way back to Boston to play for the Celtics. This is when his drug use hit its peak. He also started to increase his painkiller use with pills like OxyContin, Vicodin & Percocet. During playing abroad in Italy, he tried heroin for the first time. He would play for NBA teams abroad in places like Iran, where the punishment for heroin usage and sale is death, and yet he would still take that risk to get high. He says looking back now that he was actually in worse shape during the season because the money he was getting paid at the time all went to drug use. It hit a new low for Chris in 2007, he was charged with possession of heroin in the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts. A year later, Herren overdosed on heroin and crashed into a utility pole. According to paramedics, he was allegedly dead for thirty seconds. A lot of people in Chris’ life at this point tried to get Chris some help, including fellow NBA player & Golden State Warrior Chris Mullen & his family, who got Chris into his first treatment center. When you go to Chris Herren’s house, you won’t see and memorabilia from his time in the NBA. He is only proud of his time with Fresno State because he feels that this was the most passionate & level-headed he was playing basketball, in his entire career. He says here that this was the only time of his career that he’s proud of to this day. After his recovery, he started a program called Hoop Dreams, where he has, so far, taught over 1000 kids basketball. After founding Hoop Dreams, he wrote a book in 2011 called ‘Basketball Junkie: A Memoir’. In 2012, It was turned into a documentary called “Unguarded” and nominated for 2 Emmy Awards. Chris Herren now devotes his time to the Herren Project. He opened Herren Wellness, with one location in Virginia, one in Massachusetts, that specializes in health and wellness, and recovery for addicts. They have placed over 5,000 people into treatment, 27 family online support groups a week. The program requires honesty, transparentness, and the ability to not break from the routine. A very inclusive approach that includes the whole dynamic of family & friends of the person in recovery. He describes the involvement of their therapists, life coaches, and other medical staff when they are accepting a new addict for treatment. According to Chris, they are very involved in the recovery process, more so than similar programs. This is his new passion and new drive in his life & hopes to reach & help as many people as possible. This is Chris Herren in his own words, on Knockin’ Doorz Down. For Carlos Vieira's autobiography Knockin' Doorz Down https://www.kddmediacompany.com/ For 51FIFTY use the discount code KDD20 for 20% off! https://51fiftyltm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/51FIFTYLTM https://www.instagram.com/51fiftyltm/ https://twitter.com/51fiftyltm For PodCorn go to https://podcorn.com/podcasters/ and tell them you hear about them on the Knockin’ Doorz Down podcast. For more on the Knockin' Doorz Down podcast and to follow us on social media https://www.kddmediacompany.com/podcast https://www.instagram.com/knockindoorzdown/ https://www.facebook.com/knockingdoorsdown/ https://twitter.com/kddmediacompany https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUSJ5ooBFqso8lfFiiIM-5g/ For more information on the Carlos Vieira Foundation and the Race 2B Drug-Free, Race to End the Stigma, and Race For Autism programs visit: https://www.carlosvieirafoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CVFoundation/ https://www.instagram.com/carlosvieirafoundation/ For more on Chris Herren https://herrentalks.com/ https://www.facebook.com/herrentalks/ https://www.instagram.com/herrentalks/ https://twitter.com/herrentalks
Chris Herren’s rise to stardom and brief NBA career is one of the most tragic and fascinating stories in recent sports history. For the fourth episode of Charges, Rex brings Chris onto the show to discuss: Reaching out to an old friend about Chris (3:33), Growing up in Fall River, Massachusetts & choosing Boston College with his boys (5:16), being introduced to cocaine & being kicked out of BC (13:38), going to Fresno State & being sent to rehab (17:29), getting drafted into the NBA & Draft Night (20:36), playing in Denver (25:09), being traded to Boston, Oxycontin & contemplating suicide (31:06), the recovery process (44:28), speaking at schools, prisons & giving people a second chance (48:49) & more.Follow @c_herren, @HerrenTalks & @HerrenProjectCharges is Created by CTRL Media & Portal A. It's produced by DBPodcasts in association with iHeartMedia. Executive Producers: Steve Nash, Brandon Kraines, Ezra Holland, Nate Houghteling, and Todd Barrish.Charges with Rex Chapman Theme MusicArtist: Illegal Kartel (@illegal_kartel_mikal_shakur)Produced by: Gene Crenshaw (@yuyuthemaker) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Episode 144: Chris Herren: From Addiction to Sobriety
Chris Herren is a former NBA basketball player who struggled with a massive addiction with drugs and alcohol, and has now been sober for around 13 years. He's currently working to help people going through addiction to recover. In this episode, we talk about: Growing up with an alcoholic father How you can start believing in yourself more What advice Chris would give to people struggling with addiction https://herrentalks.com https://herrenproject.org https://herrenwellness.com
Today's Unashamed Alcoholic guest is former NBA player Chris Herren.Chris has an incredible story of addiction to recovery. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 before being traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics in 2000 before substance abuse short-circuited his NBA career. What he has done since getting sober is inspirational and nothing short of beautiful.I hope you enjoy my conversation with Chris.
It’s very difficult to describe in a short summary how much this episode means to us. Chris Herren joins us on the podcast today for an episode that is a must-listen. This is a conversation that could potentially change lives as many of his previous powerful speeches have done already. Herren was a standout player at Durfee High School. At one point he was a Top 10 Nationally ranked player, Gatorade New England Player of the Year two years straight, Boston Globe Massachusetts Player of the Year three years straight, and 1994 McDonald’s All American. Unfortunately, along with the many accolades was a substance abuse problem. Herren was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1999 NBA Draft even after multiple failed drug tests during his college career. In our conversation today, Herren shares the struggles and dark times that eventually ended his basketball career and put his life in jeopardy. The story of Chris Herren could have easily had a tragic ending, but he is now accomplishing things that are far more impressive than anything he has done on the court. Herren has been sober since August 1st, 2008. He’s become one of the most powerful and impactful voices for wellness and recovery, telling his story and raising awareness across the world. He has funded the non-profit Herren Project where Chris and his team help schools and communities make healthy choices while helping families through recovery. He also founded Herren Wellness that helps people live healthy, substance-free lives. We love Chris Herren and can’t thank him enough for this time. His ability to connect with others and educate is beyond incredible. This episode is special to us and we know these conversations will reach someone in need. Chris’s words always do. Thank you Chris Herren. In the 16 countries that we are currently charting in, we hope that this conversation can reach at least one person. At least just one. For anyone seeking additional information about Herren Talks, The Herren Project or Herren Wellness then checkout and support at ChrisHerren.com and also Herrentalks.com. You can find this episode on Apple, Spotify or any source for podcasts! Follow us on social media! Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notin.myhouse.79Instagram- @Not_in_my_house_podcast Twitter - @NOTINMYHOUSEpc
#249 - A Different Kind Of Sandwich - The Sinkingness of Chris Herren
Crime in Sports
This week, we bring you a story of a legacy, unlimited potential, and massive screw ups. His family was an athletic legacy in his town, putting plenty of pressure on him to fulfill his destiny. And he did... well, until he did such a huge amount of drugs that no basketball team would touch him, and he ended up in a crashed car, with a heroin needle hanging out of his arm. A long way from how it was supposed to be. Can he turn it all around, and even make a difference to others, or fade into the shadows of society? Attempt to fulfill the legacy of your family, play for your home town NBA team, and become the poster child for what not to do with Chris Herren!! Check us out, every Tuesday! We will continue to bring you the biggest idiots in sports history!! Hosted by James Pietragallo & Jimmie Whisman Donate at... patreon.com/crimeinsports or with paypal.com using our email: firstname.lastname@example.org Get all the CIS & STM merch at crimeinsports.threadless.com Go to shutupandgivememurder.com for all things CIS & STM!! Contact us on... twitter.com/crimeinsports email@example.com facebook.com/Crimeinsports instagram.com/smalltownmurderSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ep.101 (8:34) features Chris Herren. Chris is a former Fresno State Bulldog, Denver Nugget and Boston Celtic. From Fall River Mass and Durfee HS. He is an author, motivational speaker and the subject behind ESPN's Emmy nominated 30 for 30 documentary "Unguarded". Chris has an amazing story about his battle with substance abuse and addiction while trying to juggling a NBA career and his family. Chris overcame his substance abuse and is nearly 13 years sober and helping the youth today in a number of ways. Chris founded the Herren Project, Herren Wellness and Herren Talks. In 2019 The First Day film was released. We hope you enjoy the episode of the HIT.OR.DIE Podcast!For more please visit thefirstdayfilm.com. - herrentalks.com - herrenproject.orgLink to all of our platforms!!https://linktr.ee/hitordieCheck outhttps://www.blandcompany.comContact Jesse Darrah for info: 559-916-0695Cover Photo Credit:Cary Edmondson - Courtesy of @FresnoState_Mag
This BONUS episode of The CORTside Podcast details the inspirational journey of the once basketball superstar turned addict turned advocate, Chris Herren. Herren discusses his days growing up in Falls River, Massachusetts, and how drugs and alcohol became a struggle for most of his life. Chris went from a professional basketball star to battling for his life. Now he spends his time as a motivational speaker sharing his story through Herren Talks, with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others. Herren also grew his idea of support for others when he founded the nonprofit Herren Project. Through the organization, Herren and his team empower schools and communities to make healthy choices, while also guiding families through recovery. Most recently, he founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives.Chris Herren's contact information:Facebook - Instagram - Twitterwww,ChrisHerren.comLeave us a review and let us know what you thought about this episode. Would love your input and if you have any ideas for future guests or topics!Follow @CORTsidePodcastFacebook - InstagramEmail for Host Mike Cortese: CoachCort@gmail.com
We know life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes you spend years not living up to your potential, for whatever reason. In this episode, we discuss drug addiction and how it stole so much from former McDonald’s All-American and top NBA draft pick Chris Herren. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom as we also talk about how his biggest failures and darkest moments are also now his biggest points of impact on others. We were limited on time in this episode so to hear more about Chris’ incredible story, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO9PHXhF7yY