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March 4, 2019

Former hoops star Herren will speak about addiction

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Motivational speaker and recovery center founder Chris Herren will speak Tuesday, March 12, at Highland School in Warrenton.
Former pro basketball player Chris Herren will speak about his drug addiction and recovery Tuesday night, March 12, at Highland School in Warrenton.

The PATH Foundation will host the free community forum — organized for parents, grandparents and guardians — starting at 7 p.m. in the Rice Theater.

Mr. Herren over the past two years has spoken to middle and high school students in Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties. PATH has sponsored those appearances.

The Warrenton-based foundation also has partnered with him on the planned Herren Wellness Center in Fauquier, similar to one he operates in Massachusetts.

A basketball legend from Fall River, Mass., and McDonald’s All-American, Mr. Herren seemed destined for successful college and pro careers.

But, he started using cocaine at age 18, and his addiction eventually led to heroin use over the next 14 years. Although he played in the NBA, Mr. Herren lost his career and almost his life.

In recovery since August 2008, he has founded an organization to help others with recovery and has become a successful motivational speaker.

“This information is so important for families to hear, especially as we all too often learn of another family affected by addiction,” PATH President/CEO Christy Connolly said. “When both the students and their families have the chance to hear Chris’s message, it can lead to important conversations at home.”

Also this month, the PATH will sponsor his appearances before 10th- and 11th-graders at Highland and Wakefield schools in Fauquier, as well as in Culpeper and Rappahannock.

“We continue to see too many instances where teens are unprepared to handle the variety of pressures facing them today,” said Sallie Morgan, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County. “Events like this are so important to help parents know ways to effectively talk to their children to help them avoid the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.”

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the March 12 event, which requires no registration.
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Savefauquiercounty2019 · March 7, 2019 at 10:29 am
When going thru withdrawals, patients need at least 24/7 supportive care for 72 hours or longer. They level of toxic overload in their liver, the amount of diaphoresis/sweating causes severe dehydration. They need intravenous fluid replacements but often only get the minimal amounts caregivers can manage to push. The patients are nauseous, often have emesis which creates a catch 22. It's easier to get back on meds because the cravings, withdrawals symptoms are powerful. Patients are at risk for seizing. They battle insomnia.
Our society needs to change how else treats addicts.
Nutrition needs to include foodsvwhich help purge the toxics. Sweet potatoes are often recommended.
Sage teas can be used to decrease body temp and sweating.
Germany uses intravenous milk thistle. But we don't even push milk thistle or dandelion in capsule form, both helps the liver purge.
The Natural market sells most of the items. They carry liquid bentonite clay, charcoal which helps.
Walgreens sells packs of electrolytes which includes magnesium, potassium and sodium.
Please support people with addictive personalities and or addictions to drugs and alcohol.
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