Within hours of an overdose from heroin in June of 2008, Chris Herren was released from a Fall River Hospital. Only partially through detoxification from the drugs and alcohol in his body, with no healthcare coverage and little money to his name, he was back out on the street overwhelmed by a sense of shame, with few options and no place to turn. Friends stepped in and with modest financial support and a strong hand helped Chris through an extended treatment program and a return to sober living. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.
Chris Herren’s story and his redemptive rise from the depths of addiction were captured through the publication of the book, Basketball Junkie and the release of the ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded. As a result, Chris Herren has received thousands of desperate “calls for help” from others facing addiction. The Herren Project was formed in 2011 to answer those calls, increase education and public awareness on substance use disorder and the disease of addiction with the goal of reaching one person, one family.