Former NBA player to speak about addiction and recovery at UWF
Chris Herren to speak at UWF Field House on March 4 at 6 p.m.
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Chris Herren, a former basketball player at Boston College and Fresno State who played two seasons in the NBA, will speak about his journey through addiction and recovery at the University of West Florida Field House on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The event will be open to the public and is sponsored by Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, a 102-bed residential addiction treatment facility for adults and adolescents in Navarre, Fla.
Herren has been alcohol and drug-free since Aug. 1, 2008, but he struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics. His story was featured in “Unguarded,” a documentary in the ESPN series “30 for 30.”
“Twelve Oaks is excited to be partnering with the University of West Florida to provide this motivational event,” said Twelve Oaks Executive Director Paul Reed, LCSW. “Chris Herren is an inspiration and we are honored to be able to share his message with the local community.”
Not only will Herren be speaking to the local community, but he will be leading a private event with the UWF basketball teams prior to his presentation on March 4.
“We’re very thankful that Chris agreed to speak with our basketball teams in addition to his presentation that night,” said UWF athletic director Dave Scott. “He has learned some tough life lessons in his career as an athlete at the collegiate and professional levels, and his message can be educational and inspirational for our current student-athletes.”
For more than 25 years, Twelve Oaks Recovery Center has helped adults and teens suffering from drug dependency, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. Licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Twelve Oaks provides a uniquely serene environment in which clients can begin the recovery process under the care and guidance of dedicated and experienced professionals. For more information, visit www.twelveoaksrecovery.com or call (800) 622-1255.
Twelve Oaks is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral health care services in the nation. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC programs have helped thousands of individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives. For more information, visit www.crchealth.com or call (877) 637-6237.
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