BROOKFIELD — The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc, and newly organized Brookfield Cares coalition, a merging of the former Brookfield Substance Abuse Coalition and Brookfield Acts, will present a public event on Thursday, April 11, at 7 pm, at Brookfield High School, 45 Longmeadow Hill Road. Former NBA player Chris Herren will speak about his struggle with substance abuse and his road to recovery.
The program is intended for parents and their children, 11 years and older, friends and neighbors
Intensive, long-term substance abuse treatment for his drug addiction is what placed Mr Herren on the road to recovery. He will share his compelling story with the community with the hope of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life.
Recruited by the top Division 1 programs, Mr Herren started his basketball career at Boston College. After injuries and failed drug tests, he left Boston College and was picked up by Fresno State. Drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, Mr Herren played one year before being traded to the Boston Celtics in 2000. He struggled with substance abuse for much of his career.
Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, Mr Herren has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. His story has been chronicled in the ESPN documentary Unguarded and in his memoir, Basketball Junkie.
Mr Herren has developed numerous programs and speaks to ensure that others, particularly young adults, have the same chance for recovery.
Brookfield Cares is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting social and emotional wellness in the community by focusing on the impact of substance abuse, depression, suicide, and other critical public health concerns. Through this first in a series of program offerings, the organization hopes to educate parents and young people about substance abuse and the devastating affect it has on individuals and families. Visit www.Brookfield-Cares.org for more information.
Newtown Parent Connection was founded in 2003 by a team of concerned parents who recognized the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction in Newtown and surrounding areas. The organization is committed to its mission to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.
For the past ten years Newtown Parent Connection has provided educational forums and ongoing individual and group support for families struggling with issues involving substance use and addiction. For more information, visit www.NewtownParentConnection.org.
Steps to Recovery, LLC, is also a co-sponsor of the program. The company was founded by individuals who have all been affected by the horrors of alcoholism and drug addiction. They are a team committed to providing the best of intervention services, personalized treatment options, and support to those who are struggling. For more information visit www.StepstoRecovery.com.