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The McShin Foundation Philosophy
We are a recovery resource foundation whose mission is to deliver a message of hope to individuals with a Substance Use Disorder and to facilitate their journey to a healthier life. Our organization is one of nine in the country that is accredited by CAPRSS.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
McShin has given me the steps I needed to learn about recovery and how to start building that foundation. Without them I wouldn't have the relationships with my parents and family that I do today and for that alone I will be forever grateful. I learned how to stay clean, find a sponsor, a home group and that working a program of recovery is the only way to live life on life's term without using drugs.
The McShin Foundation helped me build a foundation to find a new way to live. Because of this new way of life, I was able to build honest relationships with the father of my child, have my daughter back in my life, and find a passion for helping others on this same path. McShin showed me the steps to take to fully engage in the 12-step program that continues to save my life and make me into the person I am today. I have been in recovery since January 27, 2017.
I used to be homeless. I walked into The McShin Foundation and was provided a scholarship into a recovery house that same day. I was given groceries, a bed, 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 attended McShin for 60 days. In that time, I was loved on the whole time, while learning about myself and practicing and applying a 12-step program in my life. I am eternally grateful for McShin and what they continue to do on a daily basis. McShin gave me the tools to save my life. Thank you for taking time for and believing in me.
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!
I started using when I was 15 years old. , I have lived more fully in this past year than the 17 years I was using. Less than 24 hours after I reached out for help, I was in Richmond, Virginia at The McShin Foundation. I am one of the lucky ones living with the disease of addiction. Not just surviving, but living. Living a beautiful life full of laughter, tears, joys, disappointments, milestones, dreams, goals, ups, and downs. My life has not always been one so full of all the aspects life has to offer.
Meet the Staff
John Shinholser, CPRS
President & Co-Founder
John Shinholser serves as the President of The McShin Foundation, which was founded in 2004 and named for its two recovering co-founders, John Shinholser and Carol McDaid. Shinholser and McDaid have dedicated their lives to helping individuals and families in or seeking recovery from the disease of addiction. The McShin Foundation operates on the founders' belief that by helping others find and sustain recovery, they can better sustain their own recovery. Shinholser and McDaid decided to establish a non-profit recovery community resource foundation based on this belief. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran and has been in long term recovery since 1982.
Honesty Liller, CPRS
Honesty Liller is a woman in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder since May 27, 2007 when she entered the McShin Foundation's residential program. Honesty's mission as CEO is firmly rooted in community outreach and involvement. She spends each day connecting with individuals and families who have been touched by addiction. She is the recipient of the Vernon Johnson Award given by Faces and Voices of Recovery in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Great Boss. She was also featured on Face The Nation discussing addiction & recovery in America. In addition, she was awarded the Stettinius Fund honor from The Community Foundation.
Chief Operating Officer
Jesse Wysocki is McShin's Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day to day operations of McShin's various programs. He has over six years in recovery and an amazing story to share with the participants and families of The McShin Foundation.
Since graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1994, Paxton has experience working in investments, money management, and risk management. In his previous role as an investment counselor he earned the “Top Producer” Award from Lord, Abbet & Co., and the “Quality of Advice” Award from American Express. He is also a 2003 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a Master of Business Administration degree. Paxton’s experience with his own addiction and recovery, along with his current insights and solutions, validate our commitment to “Peer to Peer” services and programs. You will find that Paxton is always ready and approachable to share his story, and never forgets where he came from. Raising two beautiful daughters, Talbot and Hannah, consumes most of Paxton’s free time, while he still enjoys the occasional round of golf or fishing.
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ABOUT THE MCSHIN FOUNDATION
Founded in 2004 and located in Richmond, Va. The McShin Foundation is a private nonprofit facility, which make up about 22 percent of all treatment facilities in Virginia. The center is a peer-to-peer community organization that offers detox and sober living residences to individuals who are struggling with substance use or co-occurring disorders.
According to The McShin Foundation's website, its mission is to "deliver a message of hope to individuals with a substance use disorder and to facilitate their journey to a healthier life."
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to The McShin Foundation's website, residential services are available to individuals who have a history of relapse, are re-entering society from jail, are looking for recovery fro the first time, or are seeking aftercare.
Residents are required to attend multiple 12-step meetings weekly, recovery related and relapse prevention groups daily, acupuncture, faith-based groups, and yoga. Programming also includes peer-to-peer recovery support services, weekly fellowship dinner, recovery worship or church services, and do daily chores. Relapse can result in immediate eviction from housing.
The McShin Foundation's website notes the treatment team includes counselors and substance abuse counselors. Some of the staff members are in recovery.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The McShin Foundations website indicates it manages 175 recovery beds for men and women. The one alum polled by Rehabs.com to date gave three out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.
The 17 individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date provided mostly positive feedback. Reviewers praised the peer-to-peer approach, the staff, and treatment effectiveness. “It was great and helped me start a foundation for a more fulfilling, healthy life. Authentic peer to peer support services,” Cliff wrote in a representative review.
"Mcshin provides living examples of recovery possibilities and positive change.It gives people who suffer from addiction the hope we need to come to believe that a better life is available for us," another alum wrote in a representative review.
To date, the 33 people who left Google Reviews for McShin Foundation gave an average of 4.4 out of five stars and positive commentary. Reviewers praised the center and it's staff. Some alumni even noted the center saved their life. "McShin saved my life 16 months ago and I’m still clean today," Jill wrote in a representative review. "I’ve been to other treatment centers that did not work." 
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its cost of treatment.
Published on June 2018
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