2021 – Chris Herren – Muncie

2021 – Chris Herren – Muncie

Meridian Health Services 2021 Speaker Series
featuring former NBA player Chris Herren

Chris Herren—The Struggle with Addiction and Mental Illness

Former NBA Player Chris Herren shared his poignant and brutally honest personal story to a full-capacity audience at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie on Thursday, November 11 as part of Meridian’s Community Health Speaker Series.

Chris was a celebrated star before graduating high school. He went on to play at Boston College, Fresno State, and in the NBA – including playing on his hometown team, the Boston Celtics – and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to the disease of addiction. His recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir, “Basketball Junkie,” the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, “Unguarded” and in countless local, national and international stories by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated.

Following Herren’s presentation, a panel comprised of community leaders and officials discussed issues related to substance use, recovery, and ideas for local solutions.

A complimentary lunch was provided by Meridian Health Services.
COVID protocols, precautions, and social distancing were implemented as determined by state and local mandates.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance use or addiction, Meridian can help turn things around and provide a fresh start. Call 866-306-2647 to begin the journey to a new way of living.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors:

Thank You to our Moderator and Panelists for participating in this event:


Juli MetzgerAssociate Lecturer of Journalism, Ball State University


Jay Chaudhary, J.D.Director, Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, FSSA
Dr. Brent DamerOrthopedic Surgeon, Central Indiana Orthopedics
Doug HuntsingerState Executive Director, Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement
Dr. Dane MinnickCo-Founder & Director, Addictions Coalition for Delaware County; Ball State University
Jeff StanleyChief Deputy, Delaware County Sheriff's Office
Maria WilsonAssociate Pastor, Urban Light Community Church
Zach CraigChief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 46th Judicial Circuit
Lisa Suttle, RN-BC, MSRegional VP of Clinical Services, Meridian Health Services

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