Former Boston Celtics local hero Chris Herren is opening a wellness center in Seekonk next month.

According to NBC Boston, Herren will be opening a facility with five acres of land for those in his local communities on the South Coast to fight their addictions. Herren who grew up in Fall River became a local hero when he became a player for the Boston Celtics. Personally, I remember watching Herren play and thinking that it was the coolest thing on earth that a local kid could play for the legendary franchise. It gave me hope that I could do it too.

Unfortunately, Herren's stint with the Celtics was cut short because of a heroin addiction. The local hero fell from grace, but he's back and he's a bigger hero than before.

According to NBC Boston, Herren said, "Would I be playing for the Boston Celtics? Would my career have lasted 10 more years? Probably. For me it's irrelevant, there is no assist in my career that can compare to this."

The facility will be at Jacob Hill Inn. According to the report, Herren says his facility won't be rehab. It's more of a place for people to focus on their commitment to themselves and their sobriety.

"It's a whole holistic approach... It's pre-treatment and post-treatment," Herren told NBC Boston.

When I was younger he gave me hope that anyone could achieve their dream. Now, he's giving more and more people hope that they can reclaim theirs.

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