As reported by numerous media outlets, Chris has struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.
In June of 2009, Chris took the next step in his career to launch a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc. Since the summer of 2009, Chris has trained over 200 basketball players. Off the court, he continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. In May of 2011 his memoir, Basketball Junkie written with Bill Reynolds, was released followed by the ESPN 30 for 30 Films documentary, Unguarded.