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CHANGING THE CONVERSATION
ON SUBSTANCE USE

FOCUSING ON THE FIRST DAY NOT THE LAST

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION ON SUBSTANCE USE

FOCUSING ON THE FIRST DAY NOT THE LAST

SPEAKER ADVOCATE VOICE FOR CHANGE

Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first.

SPEAKER ADVOCATE
VOICE FOR CHANGE

Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic of substance use prevention and a wellness advocate. Since 2009, Chris has spoken to over one million students, athletes and community members, sparking honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and wellness. A person in long-term recovery, Chris continues to share his story nationally with a renewed focus on prevention education and challenging audiences to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction – changing the focus from the last day to the first.

THE FIRST DAY

Chris Herren and Emmy Award Winning Director, Jonathan Hock, bring you The First Day, a film project and educational curricula presented by Partnership to End Addiction and Cigna focusing on the struggles facing youth today. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness. Chris Herren, is able to tackle the most difficult issues with a unique connection that can be felt through the lens of the camera. His words resonate and make an impact with a focus on the beginning; The First Day. TheFirstDayFilm.com

THE FIRST DAY

Chris Herren and Emmy Award Winning Director, Jonathan Hock, bring you The First Day, a film project and educational curricula presented by Partnership to End Addiction and Cigna focusing on the struggles facing youth today. Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors and mental wellness. Chris Herren, is able to tackle the most difficult issues with a unique connection that can be felt through the lens of the camera. His words resonate and make an impact with a focus on the beginning; The First Day. TheFirstDayFilm.com

WE NEED TO ASK THE QUESTION “WHY”

“When we ask someone to think of a picture of a person suffering from the disease of addiction, they think of someone on their last day. Each person started their life just like you. Full of hope and choices that lead them on their path. We need to ask the question Why? The “Why” is the beginning. It’s about feeling comfortable in your skin and making choices to be the best you.”

-Chris Herren

WE NEED TO ASK THE QUESTION “WHY”

“When we ask someone to think of a picture of a person suffering from the disease of addiction, they think of someone on their last day. Each person started their life just like you. Full of hope and choices that lead them on their path. We need to ask the question Why? The “Why” is the beginning. It’s about feeling comfortable in your skin and making choices to be the best you.”

-Chris Herren

PREVENTION STARTS WITH ALL

Through engaging talks, Chris inspires people to identify the “Why” in their story, to start the conversation on wellness and come TOGETHER to address the issue of substance use disorder, advocate for effective treatment and embrace the power of recovery. Prevention is ALL of our responsibility.

PREVENTION STARTS WITH ALL

Through engaging talks, Chris inspires people to identify the “Why” in their story, to start the conversation on wellness and come TOGETHER to address the issue of substance use disorder, advocate for effective treatment and embrace the power of recovery. Prevention is ALL of our responsibility.

Chris shared his message of prevention with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.

GIVING BACK

Chris has shared his message across the United States, inspiring honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and the disease of addiction with a focus on wellness. Chris and Heather Herren, have also established two organizations designed to support the Herren Talks platform and provide recovery resources and navigation to all people in need of assistance.

GIVING BACK

Chris has shared his message across the United States, inspiring honest discussions on the topics of substance use disorder and the disease of addiction with a focus on wellness. Chris and Heather Herren, have also established two organizations designed to support the Herren Talks platform and provide recovery resources and navigation to all people in need of assistance.

Herren Project is a non-profit organization offering a variety of services free of charge including treatment placement, long-term recovery support for individuals and families, financial support for treatment programs and recovery housing as well as a prevention education program for schools and communities.

Herren Wellness is a residential substance use, health and wellness organization for men and women with locations in Massachusetts and Virginia. Our unique approach to recovery combines holistic wellness with medical and clinical support for the continuity of care for substance use disorder at any stage and mental wellness.

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