Mr. Herren was a victorious basketball player and he left a legend behind his hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts. He received numerous honors with his courted top colleagues. Herren upped his game from being a college hoop to NBA’s Celtics and Denver Nuggets. The problem came in when he started taking drugs. He began consuming cocaine at 18 years of age and took 14 good years to stop. He had hidden this addiction for a very long time as his full-time job.
The more he achieved in his game, the more the addiction grew. He even started taking heroin from cocaine and Vicodin. This affected his performance to a point that his system stopped functioning as normal. He was in a deep trouble in 2006, when he completely stopped basketball. He was found slumped over in his car. The conclusion was made by the paramedics that Herren was clinically dead for 30 seconds after he was crosschecked.
This addiction did not go well with his family, friends, his colleagues and the vies exceeded the limit. Despite all this, he was sick in mind, uncomfortable and feeling abnormal. He knew it was now the time to change. He wanted to be clean again, to be admitted in the Rehab, but he had another obstacle about the exorbitant cost of Rehab.
He was at the moment bankrupt. Since his decision was genuine, the NBA alumnus Mr. Chris Mullin together with his wife Liz volunteered to help. Through the help, Herren saw it as the greatest gift a family could give to someone just for a chance to get well. Herren finally got well and clean in 2008, after 14 years in drugs.
In regard to his transformation and the goodwill forward, Herren founded an organization, The Herren Project which increases awareness and substance abuse treatment. The organization has been doing this since 2011. He himself pinpointed the long-term critical components he feels for the recovery, education, treatment and mentoring.
Through his program, Herren has recruited social workers to support and match the addicts regarding the kind of help they need. The involvement of coaching and cost covering of the Rehab is present. The program mentors and gives advice to the parents or guardians on how to take care of their children consuming drugs.
One of the parents, Susan Duffy approached Herren’s program for help regarding his son who was a drug addict. Susan was unaware of her other son turning into the same problem. Both of her sons were struggling with the addiction. With the support of the program, Susan was able to deal with the problems till her sons were free from addiction. She says, “I knew how to get my other son the help that he needed.” She credits the Herren program for the help she got for both of her sons to become sober.
Kevin Mikolazyk, the executive of the Herren’s organization says that the tips taken from the organization help the possibility of the loved ones to survive. He says, “When you first kind of get sober you know there’s a tremendous amount of baggage that goes with that.” The individuals recover as first as possible.
The organization also offers a virtual assistance support through the mobile devices or by accessing it on the computers. This reflects well to somebody like James Franchek, who lost his daughter Emma, a 24-year-old to the heroin overdose. The support that James gets is instrumental to cope with that situation.
The program came up because of how accumulative the drugs are. They are very effective that it keeps one taking and taking, without realizing it. Now James uses the story of his daughter to create the awareness and advocate for the better treatment. The treatment involves the support an individual gets which acts as a cornerstone for a family to navigate through.
Now at 42, Herren is spreading his message in a way to create awareness among the younger generation. Through this, the program in 2012 launched a Purple Project which encourages the students to embrace the education message of substance awareness and abuse. This program so far has reached 885,000 young people. The purpose of Herren’s program is to break the stigma and eliminate the rock bottoms. This means that the crisis exists in every community and neighborhoods. It doesn’t discriminate. #Rewordit