The First Day Film Collaboration with Herren Talks | Center on Addiction

The First Day Film Collaboration with Herren Talks

The First Day Film Collaboration with Herren Talks


We have partnered with Chris Herren and Herren Talks on the new film, The First Day. Presented by Center on Addiction and Cigna, the film takes an innovative approach to addressing teen substance use, while helping refocus the conversation around addiction from the last day to the first. In addition to speaking directly to teens, the film empowers parents, educators and community members to share information, provide support and identify resources to foster healthy life decisions.

Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his own story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. We’re proud to partner with him on this film, which chronicles his journey while revealing his vulnerability and profound connections with high school students, who in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength. 

“As an organization committed to supporting the whole family as they address every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery, we’re honored to partner with Chris on this film,” said Creighton Drury, CEO of Center on Addiction. “We connected with the film’s unique idea that we too often look at the ‘worst day,’ when instead we should be looking at what leads to the ‘first day’ of substance use.”

Center on Addiction also worked with Chris Herren and The First Day team to create prevention education resources to accompany the film, which can be used by schools and communities.

The First Day premieres as part of a two-hour special on July 16, 2019 on ESPN. The evening’s programming features both ESPN Films 30 for 30, Unguarded, the story of Chris Herren, at 7PM ET, followed by the premiere of The First Day at 8PM ET.

To learn more about the film and how you can bring it to your school or community, visit



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