MAHWAH, N.J. — Chris Herren got high before games. He left his wife and newborn son in the hospital to drink. He even shot heroine before his mother's funeral.
For 14 years, the NBA star struggled with addiction.
Herren will tell his story on Oct. 3 in Mahwah for “Rebound: The Chris Herren Story."
The 7-9 p.m. event will be at the Bradley Center Arena, 505 Ramapo Valley Road.
Herren, who has been sober since 2008, now prioritizes his sobriety and family before anything else.
He opened up about his story of drug abuse and recovery in his memoir, "Basketball Junkie," as well as in the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, "Unguarded."
Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli, a member of the alliance's board, has seen the effects that heroine and prescription drug abuse has had on his community -- students dropping out of school, parents struggling to find treatment for their children, people dying due to overdoses.
“It has touched so many people,” Batelli said. “We would like to hope people would stop using. Realistically, we would like to open up a dialogue.”
That's exactly what he hopes Herren's story will do.
Batelli believes the local opiate epidemic can be solved through discussion coupled with concrete actions, such as legislating the amount of medications doctors can prescribe and increasing the number of available treatment beds.
Tickets are required; to reserve tickets, call 201-684-7933 or e-mail Roadrunner Central at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours for Roadrunner Central are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays.
For more information on the event, visit www.mahwahalliance.org.