Chris Sullivan grew up in North Attleboro, MA. He was always involved in athletics In high school, he was the captain of the football, basketball & track teams. He generally made great choices and with that came many offers for a full football scholarship to college. He chose Boston College, as it was only 50 minutes away from his hometown. His family was always a big part of his life and he wanted that hometown feel. Driven with an ability to succeed, he starting in 48 consecutive games at BC. He had a great work ethic and was able to graduate in 3 1/2 years and was working on acquiring his Masters degree. He was fortunate enough to be drafted by the New England Patriots in 1996 after graduating.
Chris should have been on top of the World, as he succeeded in becoming an NFL football player from 1996-2002. He played for the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a member of the New England Patriots, Chris played in two Super Bowls and has a Super Bowl XXXVI ring to prove it. But instead, Chris went from the Super Bowl to fighting for his life and future. He was battling anxiety and an addiction to drugs and alcohol that ended up taking over his life and was one of the main reasons he retired from the NFL.
Drawing from his personal battle in life, Chris has chose to share his story with others about his struggles with substance use & mental health wellness. His audience leaves having learned many life skills that will help them to make good choices surrounding alcohol, drugs & coping with anxiety, depression & mental health. He also lets them know that it is the strong people, not the weak, that reach out and asks for help when they need it. He is a perfect example of this. He finally asked for help and has been sober since December 15, 2008! Humble, honest & authentic are words expressed from students & parents who listen to his message of hope.
Shortly after becoming sober, he met his wife, Kathi. They married in 2011. He now resides in Plainville, MA with his wife and his step-son Logan. He considers it an honor to be able to share his road to recovery, in hopes of helping others find their path.
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