"I can be a mommy, wife, sister, daughter and friend because of recovery."

I am a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. What that means to me is I have been substance free for 9 years.

I started using at age 12 and couldn’t stop. I found heroin at age 17 and my life started to go down hill. Nothing was important to me but using drugs.

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My daughter was born in active addiction and I still chose to use.

I have tried all kinds treatment for years until I found recovery at McShin. I was done with the pain and the shame of addiction. After leaving the program, McShin gave me a job.

I am still the CEO of McShin and I am surrounded by recovery & I love every bit of it.

I can be a mommy, wife, sister, daughter and friend because of recovery. I am livin’ the dream…..literally!


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About Heroin

An opiate (narcotic) drug processed from morphine and extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin comes in a white or brownish powder, or a black sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.” Often “cut” with other drugs or substances such as sugar or powdered milk. User is unaware how much actual heroin is being used, creating likelihood of overdose.