Tell us about yourself.
My name is Honesty Liller, and I’m the CEO of The McShin Foundation. I am a person in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) for over nine years. Since I am in active recovery I am able to help others with SUD’s and guide them in their personal recovery.
What is the focus of your work?
My work is to help those with addictions from drugs and alcohol. The need I am addressing is to heal families and save lives. Our community is a better place because individuals choose recovery.
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What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding part of my job is to see my peers come into McShin and totally change their lives around. To be able to watch someone grow mentally and spiritually right in front of me is priceless.
What are some major challenges you have faced and how you handled them?
With the disease of addiction comes lots of death, pain, and broken souls. I stay in my personal recovery and advocate for those with SUD’s because there is a way to recover. I show up and am present in my life and those lives around me to reduce the public negative outlook on addiction.
What’s coming next for you or for your organization that really excites you?
Every day alive excites me to be honest. If I had to choose one other thing it would be the McShin Academy. We have started a recovery school for ages 14-18. They are being taught by their homebound teacher and we help them with their personal recovery. These kids are amazing and deserve to know what recovery is all about. My prevention as a parent is my sustained recovery in my home with my children.
How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission?
We are leveraging ConnectVA in lots of areas for our mission. To be able to get our events, educational trainings, and information in general out to the public is incredible. We need to help and educate as many people as we can in our community about addiction and recovery.
Anything else you would like to share?
Addiction is everywhere, it has no boundaries. Please reach out for help!!
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