Aug. 9, 2022 – HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A man who has dedicated his life to helping people overcome substance use disorder is now celebrating 40 years in recovery. 

“Every picture, every book, everything tells a story in here,” John Shinholser, the president and co-founder of the McShin Foundation, said. 

A look around his office is like flipping through pages of his biography. 

“And this is just a drop in the bucket, you know. I got boxes of stuff,” Shinholser. 

While much of his story has been put to paper, some is still being written. August 10, 1982 marks when he started his journey to recovery. For ten years prior, from ages 13 to 23, he said he suffered from addiction, taking whatever could get him high.


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