Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Prevention Starts with All: The Chris Herren Story

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Michigan Theater: 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


This is a free community event. Advance registration is required. Reserve your tickets HERE.

Event Details

On the evening of Wednesday March 8th, 2023 join us at Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater to hear the unforgettable story of a former NBA athlete’s journey to sobriety. In this very personal presentation, Chris Herren will share his recovery story in a brutally honest format, with just a microphone. Make plans now to attend this inspiring presentation, as Chris shares his journey navigating the disease of addiction, the road to recovery and his mission to reach just one person and make a difference. Chris's talk will be followed by a Q&A with the community. Resources & Narcan will be provided.

Event Schedule

6:00 pm - Doors open

7:00 pm - Opening Remarks & Welcome Video

7:10 pm - Presentation & Q&A with Chris Herren

8:10 pm - Communities Talk

Communities Talk

How do we take this one step further in our local community? How do we normalize help-seeking behavior, find hope and resources? Join us as we continue the discussion with key community messengers:

Katie Abraham (she/her) - U-M School of Public Health MPH candidate 2023, Department of Health Management & Policy, U-M Collegiate Recovery Program member, person in recovery.

Mary Jo Desprez, MLIR - Director of U-M Wolverine Wellness, Co-Chair Ann Arbor Campus Community Coalition (A2C3)

Gregory Harden, M.S.W. - Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Executive Consultant, Retired Executive Associate Athletic Director, Student Athlete Health & Welfare, U-M Athletics

Victor Hong, M.D. - Medical Director of U-M Psychiatry Emergency Services (PES), Clinical Associate Professor

Philip Veliz, Ph.D. - Research Associate Professor, U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Research Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, U-M Institute for Social Research

About Chris Herren

Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Mass., was an All-American, broke scoring records and was recruited by the nation’s top colleges. Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and then traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics, before losing his career and almost his family to the disease of addiction.

A person in long-term recovery, Chris inspires people to start the conversation on wellness and educate themselves on the disease of addiction. It is his hope that strength will be found in the struggle and communities will come TOGETHER to address the issue of substance use disorder, advocate for effective treatment and embrace the power of recovery.

Resources for Substance Use & Mental Health

Click here to learn more about resources for substance use and mental health.