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"The First Day" Screening

"The First Day" Screening

A Special Town Meeting; "The First Day" Documentary Screening

On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, our Boonton campus held a special town meeting where students and staff watched the powerful documentary film, "The First Day." The film shines a spotlight on the inspiring journey of Chris Herren, a high school All-American basketball star who rose to the ranks of the NBA. But what makes this story truly remarkable is not just his athletic prowess, but the gripping tale of his tumultuous journey through addiction, rehabilitation, and ultimately, recovery. It sheds light on the harsh realities of substance abuse, from the loss of promising careers to the impact on personal relationships. It's a cautionary tale that serves as a stark reminder how easily one can fall victim to addiction.

A Message of Hope and Resilience

What makes this documentary particularly poignant is Herren's decision to channel his struggles into a force for good. After committing himself to sobriety, he made it his mission to share his recovery story with young people. Herren's journey has allowed him to connect profoundly with students who, in turn, share their stories of struggle and strength. The film illustrates the transformation from a life consumed by addiction to one dedicated to helping others find the strength to overcome their own battles.

Engaging the Youth: Post-Screening Group Therapy

Following the screening of "The First Day," our students engaged in a structured session with their group therapy clinicians. This provided them with a safe and supportive environment to process thoughts and feelings about the film. It was also an opportunity for them to reflect on the choices they make and the impact these choices can have on their lives and those around them.

This town meeting was not merely an event to watch a film but an opportunity for our community to come together, reflect on the importance of substance abuse awareness, and show support for those on the path to recovery. Chris Herren's story is a reminder that no one is immune to the struggles of addiction, but with resilience and a support system, anyone can find their way to recovery and healing. Let us use this event as a catalyst for change, understanding, and the strengthening of our community bonds.

Learn more about Herren's journey here. 

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