Former NBA Star Opens Up About His Struggle With Addiction

Former NBA Star Opens Up About His Struggle With Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction is a problem that can afflict people from all walks of life, as evidenced by the story of Chris Herren, a former NBA star who played on the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics. In recent interviews, he admitted to struggling with substance addiction for many years of his life, including the entirety of his professional basketball career. The good news is he has maintained sobriety for nearly a decade.

After deciding to fight his addictions and get control of his life again, Herren became a motivational speaker, traveling the country to help people overcome life’s struggles. In an interview with 12 WPRI news (which you can read in full by clicking here), Herren noted he never thought he had an opioid addiction problem despite all the signs in front of him. People aged between 18 and 30 in particular tend to have a hard time accepting their addiction is destructing other facets of their lives.

He also wants to challenge preconceived, negative notions people have about substance abuse and addiction. There is so much stigma surrounding drug addiction and overcoming it. People need to know there is no shame in admitting a substance abuse problem, and they need to know there is pride in wanting to stand up and fight it.

Herren also noted that drug addiction rates are not necessarily improving in Rhode Island and the surrounding region. The amount of drug treatment centers in the area has also not increased to help more people.

Blueprints for Recovery Believes in Encouraging Treatments

Chris Herren’s story is inspiring and encouraging for so many reasons. Our team at Blueprints for Recovery, a trusted drug rehabilitation center in Prescott, Arizona, wishes him the absolute best. We share many of his ideas and also believe that rehabilitation should be a comfortable, encouraging experience that uplifts spirits throughout treatments. We focus on residential treatment programs and therapies for young men between the ages of 18 and 30. As a relatively small facility, we are capable of giving each and every resident the one-on-one attention they deserve and need to overcome addictions to a variety of substances.

Learn more about Blueprints for Recovery in Prescott by calling (888) 744-9969 or emailing ustoday.


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