On May 7, former NBA star Chris Herren will share his personal story of substance abuse and recovery at \u201cChris Herren Unguarded - It's Never too Late to Follow Your Dreams,\u201d an educational and inspiring event organized by Child, Adolescent and Family Recovery Center, Promises Behavioral Health, local high school districts 125 and 128, and Kiva Recovery. Lincolnshire, IL (PRWEB) April 21, 2014 \u2013 Addiction is a disease that knows no bounds, affecting people of all ages, backgrounds and professions, including elite athletes. Former NBA star Chris Herren knows firsthand the devastation of addiction and is sharing his story with students, parents, community leaders and health care professionals on May 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Adlai E. Stevenson High School\u2019s Performing Arts Center in Lincolnshire, Ill. At this educational and inspiring event, called \u201cChris Herren Unguarded -- It\u2019s Never too Late to Follow Your Dreams,\u201d Herren will discuss his struggles with substance abuse, which plagued much of his basketball career. A high school basketball legend from Fall River, Mass., who was named to the 1994 McDonald's All-American team, Herren went on to play for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics. Over the span of about 10 years, Herren\u2019s drug use resulted in professional setbacks, legal problems and a near-fatal heroin overdose. Herren\u2019s harrowing story of drug abuse and recovery is documented in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded. After intensive drug rehabilitation efforts, Herren has been clean and sober since August 2008. Today, he is dedicated to sharing his story and sending a strong message to young people that it\u2019s never too late to follow their dreams, overcome their setbacks and start making healthy choices. \u201cIn the Midwest, as in much of the nation, we are facing a prescription drug epidemic, which is fueling a sharp increase in heroin addiction,\u201d said Terri O\u2019Connor, CADC, the Midwest region\u2019s senior clinical outreach director for Promises Behavioral Health, which operates Right Step adolescent rehab in Dallas, Promises young adult addiction treatment program, and a specialized relapse prevention program for young adults at The Recovery Place in Florida. \u201cThis event will allow us to build awareness around this serious issue and to put a voice and a name to the struggle many families are going through right now.\u201d Following Herren\u2019s talk, there will be a book signing and opportunities to learn more about addiction and recovery. Treatment providers will be available to answer questions and provide education and addiction treatment resources both nationally and in the community. \u201cAs a star athlete whose life has been forever changed by addiction, Chris has the knowledge and experience to help young people make the critical decision not to start experimenting with drugs,\u201d O\u2019Connor said. \u201cFor those who have already started down that road, Chris\u2019 message will be one of hope. Help is available.\u201d To attend this free event, which is being organized by local high school districts 125 and 128, Kiva Recovery, Promises Behavioral Health and Child, Adolescent and Family Recovery Center, register online. To learn more about other events hosted by Promises Behavioral Health, visit the events page. About Promises Behavioral Health Promises Behavioral Health is a family of behavioral health care programs that includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Ranch, The Recovery Place, Lucida Treatment Center, Clarity Way, Journey Healing Centers, the Sexual Recovery Institute and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Promises Behavioral Health, visit elementsbh4.wpengine.com.