I used to be homeless. I walked into The McShin Foundation and was able to get a bed in a recovery house that same day. I was given groceries, a bed, and a chance that day. I was able to build a foundation, network with people also seeking recovery, and now am able to help others who are struggling and want a change. Today, I am able to offer experience, strength, and hope to others. I have hope today.
I am very grateful for McShin. When I first arrived, I was pregnant and had nowhere else to go. I was able to get some recovery through my pregnancy. Pregnancy was very difficult for me, but recovery and McShin made it easier. If it wasn't for the community and support I found at McShin, I probably would have returned to a life of active addiction. I am grateful for McShin and recovery every day!
McShin gives me a place that I know is safe for me to go when I'm going through something that is affecting my life or my recovery. It has helped a lot of people who I love and care about. It has brought me friends, mentors, and sponsees. It is the place that gave me my first introduction to 12-step recovery and was my first stepping stone onto the path that changed my life.
By me coming to The McShin Foundation, it gave me the opportunity to grow while in a program. It works - it has helped me. I have been shown great love in this program and have been given the opportunity to sit down and address some of the issues I have had going on in my life. I am grateful to McShin for allowing me to come here when I had no where else to go.
The McShin Foundation has been an integral part of my recovery. I can't stress enough how important it was for me to be around other recovering people at the beginning of my journey. What McShin has offered me is a chance at a new life, a chance at mending relationships with my family, friends who are non-biased, love me, and want to support me throughout this journey.
I wasn't able to stay clean before, I tried different treatment options and programs and I wasn't able to stay clean. Since coming to McShin, they have taught me how to live life in recovery. Peer to peer works really well, it helps having people you can relate to who understand the struggles that you have and can validate your feelings. That's really important. I truly owe my life to McShin.
The McShin jail program (at RSW Regional Jail) was full of hope and gave me something to look forward to. It was a blessing and let me know I wasn't completely broken. I applied myself, chased after my recovery, and was fortunate to come to McShin's recovery housing when I got released. I now have the chance to go further than I even thought was possible. I feel freer now than I have in a long time.
When I came to jail I was completely hopeless and broken. The facilitators who came in suffered from the same disease I have and provided me with hope that I didn't think existed. I was able to build a foundation of recovery. The McShin Jail Program at Pamunkey Regional Jail not only saved my life, but changed my life.
My name is Jeremy Miller and I am a person in recovery suffering from the disease of addiction. I am in sober living at The McShin Foundation Recovery Community Organization. First off, I would like to say that I owe my new life to these people. I have been an active addict for 25 years and had no exposure to rehabilitation before I wound up in the McShin Recovery Pod at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. It saved my life and my families lives by allowing me to become the father my daughter needs and the person my family always wanted me to be.
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.
I wound up in RSW jail in November of 2018 for a drug charge. That was where I heard about McShin. I had never tried rehab before. I liked the things they were teaching and became interested. My son overdosed and died shortly after I went to the drug pod in RSW. I was lucky to be with the guys I was with, because I’m sure I would have relapsed. I learned a lot about Narcotics Anonymous and 12 Step in RSW. I really like Cricket. He helped me through some of my grief. He told me to write McShin a letter and I received a scholarship. I recently completed my 28-day Intense Program. It’s been a wonderful experience - very educational. I’m excited to see what the future brings
My name is David Thurber and I am a person in recovery from the disease of addiction. What that means to me is that I can live a normal life without the need for substances, without harming those I love, and without being a burden to society. I can actually now be a productive citizen giving back to the community and to those I love. When I entered the McShin recovery program at RSW Regional Jail, I had little to no hope that I could ever have a life worth living.
The first day I met a facilitator from the McShin program, and he told me he was a hope dealer, not dope dealer. As he talked, I found myself relating to how he had been in jail and how a peer to peer program helped him. As they came in week after week, I found myself being more and more educated and liked what I heard. Throughout the eight months I was there at RSW, right before my eyes I saw a change so great that it made my heart happy to see this truly works. Within a few months, my life became amazing.
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.
My time at the McShin recovery pod in RSW Regional Jail was a blessing, and I could not have asked for a better learning opportunity during my incarceration. Today, I have the desire to help others. I know that through compassion and empathy, I and many others like me can find a new, more fulfilling way of life. I wish to pay it forward; I wish to help others the way SAMHSA and The McShin Foundation have helped me. I am grateful for my life today and excited about my future. I have found a new belief and a new purpose: to show the same kindness to others that was so generously shown to me.
Ever since coming to McShin, I have had a completely new outlook on life. It has shown me so many different ways that I can have fun time being clean, and that I don’t ever have to use drugs again. It has shown me the pathway I use for my recovery (which is the program of Narcotics Anonymous). Without the NA program and McShin, I don’t know where I would be at in life. I would probably be in jail or prison. If not that, I would probably be dead! It has given me the opportunity to have a great connection with my family – one that I have not had in many years.
I came to McShin from Manchester, NH with next to no money and a severe heroin addiction. I needed to stop using but did not necessarily want to stop using; not at first. Through the patience and guidance of the McShin staff, I was taught what recovery was. I was introduced to a 12-step fellowship which has become my family, my support network, and my best friends. I am ever so grateful to The McShin Foundation for showing me different pathways to recovery and to 12-step fellowships for giving me the literature and the tools to grow as a woman in recovery.
While incarcerated and awaiting trial, I met Hannah Newsome a former staff member for the McShin Foundation who facilitated the Riverside Regional Jail volunteer Substance Use Disorder classes. Hannah began to share with me her experiences. Hannah not only shared her experiences she also brought materials and DVDs showing people who were successful in long-term recovery [...] The material and information she would share helped to explain the purpose of the peer-to-peer concept and alternate pathways to recovery. For the first time I heard the words Hope Dealer. Not knowing fully understanding what these words meant and their true value I suspected that they were giving me my first glimpse of real hope for my situation.
In my years with McShin, I have learned confidence and willingness, but more importantly a great deal of open-mindedness. I've also learned that if I take it easy and give myself a break, I can use my newfound motivation to accomplish anything I choose, as long as it's the right thing for myself and others.
McShin has helped me reverse the destructive path my life had turned upon. Instead of spinning my wheels, going from one dead-end job to the next, living off my parents, and basically just using drugs all day long, I found a new way of life. McShin immersed me into the local recovery community so I was surrounded by and living with people who were turning their lives around. When I started to hang out with the recovery herd and actually began working an active program of recovery, positive changes quickly began to occur.