Chris Herron: Basketball Junk

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Lauren McNamee September 4, 2012 Basketball Junkie As a small town native, Chris Herren always had big city dreams of someday playing for the Boston Celtics. He learned from an early age that failure was not acceptable and as he grew older, this lesson became more and more clear to him. While a student at Durfee High School, Chris Herren became the star basketball player who was expected to carry his team to victory year after year. Herren had always felt pressure on the court throughout his life, but it was not until college that he felt this pressure off the court. While it was not uncommon for Chris and his friends to drink or party during high school, college tempted him to try cocaine for the first time. This first experience with…show more content…
Chris’s true motivation for writing this memoir was to share his own story of addiction in the hopes of encouraging others to get help. Having finally recovered from his battle with substance abuse, Herren felt compelled to help others who are struggling with these same issues. Knowing that any positive influences he had during his struggle made all the difference, Chris wanted to be that positive influence in someone else’s life. He also strives to show others that becoming an addict is easier than you would think, stating that he hopes to be a “cautionary tale.” Chris Herren’s goal was to not only let people know it is possible to recover from addictions, but to also give others insight into how detrimental the use of drugs can…show more content…
Herren also manages to give those that are also struggling with these issues the optimism they need to get help. Addicts not only see that Chris is now sober, but that he also turned his life around in a positive way and is now at peace. On the other hand, he shows younger readers that although he was lucky enough to survive his addiction, many others are not as fortunate. Chris Herren’s experiences ultimately prove that one of the best decisions you can make in life is to never give in to the pressures of drug
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