“My name is Justin Biggers and I’m 26 years old. I got incarcerated on February 9th, 2019 at RSW Regional Jail. I was only home for four months after doing 13 ½ months. I was sitting in classification thinking to myself that something has to change or I’m going to lose my family or end up dead if I continued the path I was on. I was tired of living the way I was, hiding my addiction from my family for 11 years. I’ve never had any kind of treatment program, the judge always gave me jail time and, clearly, it wasn’t working. When I saw the announcement on the kiosk for the McShin program, I thought this could be the change I had been looking for.
I got moved to the pod a few weeks later. When I got in the pod, it was an environment that I wasn’t used to – a pod full of convicts grouping, expressing their feelings to one another, and just getting along. After a week of being in there, a little guy that went by Cricket came in the pod and told us his story. That’s the day I knew I could change my old ways because this guy has been through everything that I’ve been through and has everything he’s ever wanted. He sold me hope that day, and it hit me right in the heart that I wanted what he had. After that day, I stopped gambling, playing cards, and goofing off so I could focus on my step work, reading the NA book and staying sober one day at a time.
I got released August 19th, 2019 and came straight to The McShin Foundation in Richmond, VA and it was the best decision I ever made. I have family supporting me like I’ve never had. Everyone at McShin is so loving and caring, they want nothing but to see you succeed at a sober life. Today, I can say I’m sober and I’m working on 7 months clean one day at a time.”