Pembroke: Former Celtics Player Speaks About His Opioid Addiction Journey

Pembroke Titans Against Drugs hosted a guest speaker, former Boston Celtic player Chris Herren, at the Pembroke Community Middle School. Herren battled a long and very public drug addiction before getting clean in 2008; now, he shares his experience and resources to those in need in the country’s growing opioid epidemic.

At 14, Herren started drinking. At 18, he was into cocaine, and faced a humiliating newspaper headline after failing a drug test while playing basketball for Boston College. After a friend introduced him to OxyContin in 1999, Herren says he would spend $25,000 a month on those pills, taking up to 1,600 mg per day.

From Oxycontin, Herren went on to heroin, overdosing 4 times before finally getting clean on August 1, 2008. Now, he’s putting all of his focus into traveling around the country, giving talks to kids at various schools about not only the dangers of drugs, but why people turn to them.

He even started a charity, called The Herren Project, after his children inspired him to help others:

Herren has advice for people who are experiencing a painful recovery from addiction:

Herren also says that the key to drug use prevention is parents asking their kids about any urges they might have to use any kind of substance:

As of this year, The Herren Project has led over 1,700 addicts of all ages to treatment and recovery facilities.


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Mimi Walker is a 2016 graduate from Emerson College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While at Emerson, she was both an avid reporter and an on-air music personality at 88.9 WERS, Emerson’s long-running radio station. She also wrote for several on-campus publications. She covered the 2015 Edward R. Murrow awards in New York City, and had previous internships at 103.3 AMP radio and at Seacrest Studios in Boston Children’s Hospital (as well as with Rob and Lisa on the South Shore Morning News!) Her proudest academic achievement is being a TOMODACHI scholar and contributing to an iBook about American Senator and war hero Daniel Inouye, which led her all across Japan in her many school travels. Thanks to her time in Japan, and a semester abroad in the Netherlands, Mimi has an appetite for stories and all kinds of art across the globe.