Just as individuals in 12-Step recovery sometimes feel the need to start their own meeting, so did we feelthe urge first to establish the McShin Recovery Coaching program and, later, to write this manual to
share what we have learned with others. As we have come to believe from our time ―in the rooms,‖when a new meeting or other undertaking goes well, it must be God‘s will;
when it does not, it must beself-will. McShin Foundation has grown and flourished in ways we could not have imagined. It is ourhope that this manual will help others lay the groundwork to share the miracle of recovery with manymore than we could ever serve.As the McShin recovery coaching program is thriving, we feel blessed. If this manual is widely read andhelps others access the miracle of recovery, we believe that thanks is due first to God and secondly toDr. H. Westley Clark, Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Adm
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT), without whose support this manual andcurriculum could not have been developed. For years, Dr. Clarke has led the creation of amazingrecovery projects. To some extent, the McShin Recovery Community Organization and RecoveryCommunity Center and the McShin Foundation Peer Leadership Institute owe their existence to thework of Dr. Clark and his colleagues. Of all that SAMHSA/CSAT has given the treatment and recoveryfield, the five monographs on recovery-related topics released over the past few years by theSAMHSA/CSAT Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTCs) have had the greatest impact onMcShin Foundation (White & Kurtz, 2006; White, Kurtz & Sanders, 2006; White, 2007b; White, 2008b;White, 2009). These monographs identified three major pathways to recovery
religious, spiritual, andsecular
and laid out cross-cutting principles that apply to all three broad pathways. The McShinFoundation owes its mission and design to a combination of principles derived from these three majorpathways to recovery and to the five recovery monographs published by the ATTCs. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Clark and his colleagues, to William L. (Bill) White, and to the ATTC network for theirhard work, inspiration, insight, and support.
Since McShin Foundation‘s humble beginning, when we
relied almost exclusively on friends inrecovery and their families, the organization has grown to include a 35-bed recovery housing programthat hosts more than 2,000 support meetings each year. McShin Foundation is self-funded. We haveadopted innovative fundraising strategies and, through them, have been able to attract a diverse set of benefactors. Over the past 3 years, our annual revenue has averaged about $500,000. The Foundationwas incorporated as a 501(c3), 509(a2) public charity in July 2004.We are proud of our recent accomplishments. McShin Foundation has certified more than 150 recoverycoaches
and we did this our way, the recovery way. Additionally, we succeeded in attracting morethan 5,000 persons to our annual Recovery Fest, an event celebrating recovery from substance use thattakes place every September, during Recovery Month. We have also impacted decision-making andpolicy at the local, State, and national levels through outreach and advocacy conducted by people inrecovery and their allies. In Virginia, lawmakers on a joint subcommittee studying strategies and modelsfor substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery approved some of the
recommendations, including:Developing and implementing a voucher model at various treatment and recovery serviceprovider sites;Fostering learning about current recovery community organizations, continuing to fund theirsuccessful programs, and developing new ones; and,Exploring reimbursement options for autonomous recovery community organizations.