Chris Herren joins The Upside with Adam Finkelstein to talk about his mission, work and the impact on substance use and mental wellness in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Prayer is a big part of my of my program. I am a spiritual person. I believe in it and the benefits it has given me in my life. Prayer, meditation, exercise and proper nutrition. There is no perfection in this. Even though I am coming up on 12 years sober, I am not away from this and as a former athlete it was very important to me to have a structured recovery program, a structured wellness program. I tell people at my center that I could lock myself in a gym for 3 hours and shoot at a little rim, so why can’t I for 15 minutes a day meditate or why can’t I do 20 minutes of yoga or jump on a bike and cycle or do something to benefit me personally and benefit my mental health. Ultimately I removed drugs and alcohol from my life, but that doesn’t mean I am going to be healthy for the rest of my life or that doesn’t mean that my mental health will not suffer again. I am in constant vigilance of sustaining a healthy mindset…” – Chris Herren