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Basic Information

Program Name: Longwood Recovers
Phone Number: 434-394-0656
Program Contact: Sasha Johnson
Lead Contacts:

Sasha Johnson, MPH, CHES '05 she/her
Director of Office of Education and Prevention Programs (OEP)
(434) 395-2146

Lucas Baker (he/him/his)
Collegiate Recovery Coordinator/Graduate Assistant
Longwood Recovers - Upchurch 305A
Longwood Recovers Lounge - Upchurch "Holland Room" 306
434-394-0656 (call or text)

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Additional Information

Established: 2013
Area of Focus:

The Longwood Recovers Collegiate Recovery Program is a peer and strengthen-based driven community supporting our Longwood University community in/or pursuing Recovery from alcohol & other(s) drug(s) misuse, disordered eating, self-harm, and any other(s) difficulties you identify as addictive behavior. All recovery pathways are welcome, including (but not limited to) harm reduction, abstinence, spiritual or science-based approaches, self-help, moderation, and cutting down. The program seeks to support and protect members' long-term recovery through programming focused on peer support, recovery coaching, academic guidance, health and wellness activities, peer connections, leadership, and service opportunities.

Professional Affiliations: Association of Recovery in High Education (ARHE)

Peer-Recovery and Student-lead organization.


Undergraduate & Graduate

CRP Criteria:

We require that our members agree to:

  1. Demonstrate continued involvement and active participation in a community recovery program or maintaining a therapeutic relationship of one’s choice.
  2. Attend at least two (2) Longwood Recovers recovery group meetings per month.
  3. Attend at least one (1) individual session with a Longwood Recovers staff for a recovery plan review per month.
  4. Attend a weekly regional recovery scholars’ seminar (if the member is enrolled in a Recovery scholarship).
  5. Support other Longwood Recovers members and hold them accountable to this contract's values and commitment.
  6. Respect the Longwood Recovers spaces. Keep the Longwood Recovers Lounge (Upchurch 306) tidy and clean. Refrain from giving others your access.
Residential: Yes
Counseling Services: Yes
Disability Services:

The Accessibility Resources Office (ARO), works with a diverse population of students with documented disabilities to ensure equal educational access.

Accessibility Resources
Brock Hall
(434) 395-2391
Fax: (434) 395-2434

Treatment Services: Counseling is provided by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Longwood University
Family Support: Provide family members with resources for family and friends' peer support groups.
Mission Statement:

Provide a non-judgmental, non-critical, private forum for discussion and support with university community members who share common challenges. Longwood Recovers is a place for those in recovery to come together to discuss how to support one another and how to reach out to members of the collegiate recovery community.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The students, staff, and alums of the Longwood Recovers (LR) hold the following values:

  • We value long-term recovery and respect everyone's recovery approaches.
  • We value integrity, personal responsibility, and a balanced lifestyle.
  • We value academic success.
  • We value community connections, service, and leadership.
  • We value and strive to create a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental environment regardless of identities, belief systems, etc. We honor pronouns, preferred names, and the experiences of all members of the recovery journey. Actively promote a space of inclusivity for all members and speak out when this is threatened.
  • We value and pursue health and wellness in every dimension.
Program Goals:

Support Recovery Capital on campus by providing:

  • Free access to the community's campus dedicated space and shared resources.
  • Access to Longwood Recovers members-only activities.
  • Access to academic advising and advocacy.
  • Consider any available sponsorship or financial support for participation in paid activities (e.g., regional Collegiate Recovery Program retreats, conferences, etc.)
  • Access to leadership and service opportunities.
  • Access to Recovery Scholarships.
Program History:

The program was established in 2013 by Dr. Kevin Doyle, a professor at the Counselor Education program at Longwood University. The program is coordinated by a Graduate Assistant from the Counselor Education Master's level program, as an opportunity for these students to apply the skills they are learning in the program to support our community recovery capital. The program has grown in the last few years, and we currently hold a lounge for our students and two offices for administrative and coordinator staff.

Programs and Services:

We provide recovery meetings, such as All-Recovery Meetings, Al-Anon Meetings, SMART Recovery meetings, and disordered eating support group meetings. We also offer one-on-one coaching sessions with our members and social events for community building.

Recovery coaching services at Longwood Recovers can help guide and support you to:

  • Learn more about substance use disorders and the process of recovery.
  • Make healthier life changes.
  • Set achievable goals and design strategies for success.
  • Implement a process of accountability to keep you on track while you move forward in accomplishing short- and long-term goals.
  • Identify triggers or roadblocks to recovery.
  • Balance academics, social life, and recovery.
  • Improve communication and organizational skills.
  • Build healthy, sustainable relationships.
  • Identify and fulfill needs.
  • Empower for better advocacy and protection of your recovery.

A successful recovery process includes a combination of recovery supports. If needed, the Recovery Support Specialist will partner with you to decide on internal (within University Student Health and Longwood University) and/or external (within Farmville, your hometown, etc.) recovery support services, and the Support Specialist can facilitate those referrals if desired.

Program Information:

Recovery coaching is a strengths-based, voluntary, informal, and non-clinical peer support service that engages, educates, and supports our community to recover from a substance use disorder or other addictive behaviors. Peer Recovery Specialists have lived experiences with a substance use disorder, personally or within their families. They know about what you may be dealing with and can offer support in meaningful, safe, and supportive ways. The focus of peer support is on recovery and resiliency. They will assist in setting recovery goals by developing a Recovery Plan. You will create this plan together to address your recovery goals, return to use actions, and empowerment tools to help you maintain stability and resilience in your recovery journey. The Recovery Support Specialist will not be able to deliver clinical-level treatment (including assistance in the administration of medications), as this is the role of your counselor, healthcare provider, etc. The Recovery Support Specialist is there to support you, not direct you, and can be a valuable part of long-term recovery. Recovery coaching services at Longwood Recovers recognize and value multiple pathways to recovery and are not aligned with any particular path. We advocate for harm reduction on campus and the safety of our community.
*Recovery coaching services at Longwood Recovers do not replace a sponsor, healthcare provider, or therapist.