Building Recovery Capital

Addiction Recovery Stories

Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Campaign.

Building on our Strengths 

Last Door Recovery Society along with many community partners is organizing a national movement for Canadians to learn about Recovery Capital.

The Recovery Capital Conference of Canada SOLD OUT in 2017 and 2018  — while Recovery Day BC hosted record crowds of 20,000 people.

The advisory committee is collaborating with communities across Canada and responding to the enthusiastic response of past Recovery Capital Conferences and Recovery Days.

The Recovery Capital Conference will be supporting “Recovery Week” in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba during the month of September 2019.

Building Recovery Capital in 2019  engages people to gain a better understanding of Recovery Capital and how to foster it in their workplaces and communities through Recovery Days and the Recovery Capital Conferences.

This year the committee is hosting a National Campaign in September called “Building Recovery Capital In Canada”  Delegates and the General Public will walk way from this campaign learning the benefits of evidence based Recovery Capital Assessment Took Kits.  Stay tuned for more info.

Healthcare professionals, people in recovery, people who use substances, the general public, unions, occupational health leaders and families will be engaged in this campaign.

Save these 2019 dates: “Recovery Week”  events across Canada

New Westminster, British Columbia

  • Recovery Capital Conference of Canada – September 5th and 6th
  • Recovery Day BC – September 7th

Calgary, Alberta 

  • Recovery Capital Conference Alberta- September 11th
  • Recovery Day Calgary- September 8th

Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Recovery Capital Conference Manitoba – September 13th
  • Recovery Day Winnipeg- September 13th

Regina, Saskatchewan

  • Recovery Capital Conference Saskatchewan – September 20th
  • Recovery Day Regina Luncheon – September 20th

Halifax Nova Scotia

  • Recovery Capital Conference Halifax – September 24th

Toronto, Ontario

  • Recovery Capital Conference Toronto – September 26th and 27th

What is Recovery Capital?

Recovery Capital is a focus on the development of social capital (such as healthy and stable relationships), material capital (such as finances and accommodation), human capital (mental and physical health, skills, and employment) and cultural capital (values, beliefs, and attitudes) Let’s build recovery capital in individuals and communities to overcome addiction and mental illness

Research has shifted from the pathology and short-term addiction treatment modalities to include more focused attention to recovery. Conference participants will learn those factors that seem to make people with substance use disorders more resilient. These characteristics have been termed ‘Recovery Capital’, defined by Granfield and Cloud as “The breadth and depth of internal and external resources that can be drawn upon to initiate and sustain Recovery from alcohol and other drug problems”.

Recovery Capital is not a fixed value, it diminishes during active addiction and increases during sustained recovery.

Recovery Capital may be grouped in four categories – internal: human and physical; and external: social and cultural.

  • Human and Physical – includes housing, employment, nutrition, education, personal resources, mental, spiritual and emotional health, knowledge, coping, well-being, mindfulness, physical fitness, financial responsibility.
  • Social and Cultural – encompasses community attitudes and recovery supports; policy maker knowledge and policies and resources related to recovery; active efforts to reduce stigma; visible and diverse recovery role models, accessible sources of sustained recovery supports, recovery peer resources and early intervention; beliefs, sense of personal choice social integration, connection to purpose; availability of multiple pathways to recovery, community assets, Recovery-focused systems of care.

Recovery Capital interacts with problem severity to shape the intensity and duration of support needed to initiate and sustain recovery. Re-evaluation of Recovery Capital during the recovery journey may be used to determine the quality and even duration of successful sustained recovery from addiction.

Whole Person Recovery: A user-centered systems approach to problem drug use.


Recovery Capital Conference of Canada

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