Former basketball star to discuss substance abuse

Chris Herren, an All-American basketball star who broke scoring records and realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA before losing his career and almost his family to addiction, will speak in Ozaukee County on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 1 and 2. 

Herren, who has been alcohol and drug free since 2008, will speak at four local high schools as well as at a community forum at Grafton High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. 

Community organizations that deal with substance abuse and wellness will also be on hand at the community event. 

Herren’s recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir “Basketball Junkie,” the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary “Unguarded” and in numerous magazine and newspaper stories. 

“When I saw Chris’ story and the lives he has impacted, I knew we had to bring his unique and powerful message to Ozaukee County,” Tom “Mel” Stanton, executive director of Mel’s Charities, which is sponsoring Herren’s talks, said. 

“Every day we see the impact of substance abuse in our community. There’s never been a greater need to hear Chris’ message about rethinking how we look at the disease of addiction.” 

In 2011, Herren founded the nonprofit Herren Project, through which he and his team empower schools and communities to make healthy choices while guiding families through recovery. 

In 2018, Herren also founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps clients lead healthy, substance-free lives. 

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For more information about Herren’s public presentation and his mission, visit or www. 



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