Former Basketball Player Chris Harren to Discuss Substance Abuse in Milton

Fall River native Chris Herren will share his story of basketball stardom, substance abuse and recovery at Milton High on Thursday night.

Former Boston Celtic and local high school basketball star Chris Herren will provide an anti-substance abuse presentation to members of the Milton community on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High.

The presentation will last approximately one hour and will include a question and answer session. Herren will also be presenting to Milton High School students on Friday, October 19 during the school day.

Herren, who played against Milton High School when he was a member of the Durfee High School Hilltoppers from Fall River, will detail his rise and fall as a basketball player and the struggles with substance abuse that derailed his career and nearly killed him.

His story is well known and was recently the subject of the Emmy winning ESPN documentary, Unguarded.

Prior to that, Herren was the subject of two books, Fall River Dreams and Basketball Junkie, both written by Bill Reynolds, a renowned author and sportswriter for the Providence Journal Bulletin. 

Herren addresses audiences all over the country and has spoken at West Point, The University of Florida, The University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, Salve Regina, Curry College and over 30 public schools.

The town-meeting style presentation is being sponsored by The Milton Board of Health, the Youth Counselor Emeritus, the Milton Public Schools and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The student presentation is sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education, The Milton High School Boosters and the Milton Public Schools.

Further information regarding Chris Herren and his presentation can be found at his website, HUhttp://www.ahoopdream.comUH. Parents, community leaders, and all interested residents are encouraged to attend.

-Town of Milton

ashley pina October 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I don't know who this is that made the comment above but obviously very uneducated on addiction..I'm sorry , but free rent, food tamps, section 8 these are NOT reasons why people do not stop using. Someone may choose to not work because of these things but NEVER continue using. I do not believe that most people do not want to get clean I believe that most people do not know how and struggle, and try and try and fail and fail..not wanting to and not being able to are two diferet things..very few addicts do not WANT to get clean its just being succesful at it or not??
Briny O'Boy October 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM
What planet are you from?
Briny O'Boy October 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Erase that. I'm sure you mean well but I'm also sure you do not come in contact with them as I do.. 50-60 come by me every day. for 30 years. So don't try to tell me they all want to turn their lives around. I've never seen it and as far as the promises they all give. That never happens either.And I work with them. Where do you work?
Linda October 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Addiction is SO misunderstood by people who haven't been there. I work with addicts ...it is a battlefield and the toughest disease to overcome! Some just dont get it. The lucky ones surrender and DO the work it takes "One Day at a Time.."
Briny O'Boy October 26, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Finally, someone I can talk too that's looking at it normally. Thank You Linda.


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