LEBANON, PA — Former NBA player Chris Herren stood in front of more than 500 people on Thursday, April 6 to share his story of how one line of white powder led him to 14 years of drug and alcohol addiction. Herren’s presentation took place in Lebanon High School’s auditorium from 6-9 p.m.
Before entering the auditorium for his presentation, Herren met backstage with current participants in Renaissance Crossroads, an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program operated by Pennsylvania Counseling Services.
Crossroads participants shared their own stories of battling addiction and recovery. They listened as Herren answered their questions and as he shared his experience in a therapeutic community similar to Crossroads.
“I’m almost nine years sober, but there are still days that I’ll walk through an airport after traveling all week, and I’ll see people with beer, and I’m envious,” Heren said to the group. “But I have to pick up the phone and call people and talk to people to get through those moments… The recovery community is critical for long-term sobriety.”
According to Herren, his experience with drugs began at age 18 with peer pressure and a line of cocaine in a college dorm room.