Recovery Community

H-SC Recovery Communitee

Hampden-Sydney's Recovery Community was established in March of 2014. The community's mission is to support and encourage young adult recovery from substance addiction and process addictions (gambling, eating, video/gaming, spending, sex, internet surfing and work). Recovery efforts are coordinated by a part-time project coordinator and student intern with additional assistance from peer mentors. Students involved must be willing to support those in recovery, have interest in being part of a recovery-focused community, or be in recovery themselves. Recovery programing includes weekly support meetings, healthy social alternatives, connection to health and wellness services, and additional rehabilitative referrals. Hampden-Sydney's Recovery Community also offers academic advocacy, student conduct advocacy, admissions advocacy, and alumni support.

Though Hampden-Sydney's Recovery Community is small, ranging from 4-10 students at any one time (on our campus of approximately 1100 students), all students are encouraged to participate in any elements along with friends and family members who are allies for recovery. A recently established sober living house is occupied by 4 students.

To learn more, contact Shawn White, Assistant Dean for Substance Education, at 223-6318 or

Assets essential to serve and support H-SC's Recovery Community include:  

Student Network
The SN is a peer-based, community building mentor program motivated by the student leaders of Hampden-Sydney College. THE NET is substantial at providing accountability in healthy decision-making, information exchange for the student body, and assistance to incoming students as they adjust to The Hill. The Student Network sponsors healthy social alternatives, motivational speakers, and other activities.  

No More. Campaign
The NMC began as a movement by the students of Hampden-Sydney College in 2011 to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse and the importance of making healthy choices. Today it remains true to the mission of advocating recovery and building cohesion of brothers helping brothers who may be challenged by substance use. NMC promotion includes candlelight vigils, meetings and retreats, and visits to area high schools.

Hampden-Sydney College 5K 2016 runners at the finish line