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Lisa M.

June 11th, 2020

“My name is Lisa Madison and I’m a person who suffers from Substance Use Disorder. I battled my disease for 38 years. I never knew about recovery. My life was unmanageable and chaotic. I wanted to die. I knew I was hurting my family and enabling my kids. My life was spiraling further and further out of control, and I felt that I wanted to escape. Then, on November 14th, 2018, I was arrested. I went through an 11-day withdrawal. It was horrible. I was put in general population to sit until July for my next court date.

In late January, a young guy came into the general population pod and started telling his story (only it was my story). There was someone else just like me. As he talked, I watched him. He smiled and laughed and told how he came to get where he was. I knew at that moment I wanted what he had. The next day I was moved to the McShin pod. It was structured. We had speakers come in to share their experiences in strength and hope. I applied for a scholarship. I thought I’d get it, but I didn’t think I’d get let out of jail to go to Richmond. I’m pretty sure that God knew I was serious this time because I got a bond. I’ve been at the McShin R.C.O. since March 29th, 2019. I’ve learned to listen, help and give back.

My life has been so different since coming here. I have a purpose. One year ago, I never knew living clean could be possible. RSW Regional Jail, is the only jail that offered a program. So, thank you SAMSHA, RSW, and Christopher Ronquest for a new way to live.”

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