What is Recovery Capital?

Measuring an individuals Recovery Capital helps address client’s needs allowing the case manager to offer client centred addiction treatment services.

Addiction Resources

Research has shifted from the pathology and short-term addiction treatment modalities to include more focused attention to recovery. 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.

4 categories of Recovery Capital:

  • 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 f sustained recovery supports, recovery peer resources and early intervention. It also includes beliefs, a sense of personal choice social integration, connection to purpose, availability of multiple pathways to recovery, community assets and 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.

My Recovery Plan

Quantifiable data for Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

Leading the change in care for mental health and addiction, The Last Door believes in using the Social Model Program to help clients and their families build recovery capital to overcome addiction. Current research and data support that Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care improves not only mental and physical health, but also improves quality of life, pro-social behaviour and dramatically reduces the human and financial costs for the community.

Last Door’s Recovery Community and Social Model Program assess an individual’s Recovery Capital, allowing Case Managers to offer client-centred addiction treatment services. Every Wednesday clients at The Last Door meet in weekly check in groups with their Case Managers and other clients to review and re-assess their Recovery Capital. This is to increase their positive Recovery Capital scores and decrease the negative impacts from their addictions, with the goal of improving quality of life.


Last Door currently uses My Recovery Plan, an evidence-based platform developed by David Best Ph.D., University of Derby, that provides a finite, measurable recovery plan coupled with an accurate and predictive assessment. It is recovery path neutral and appropriate for clinical and non-clinical environments by both certified peers and medical professionals. Last Door is excited to finally be able to provide quantifiable data proving the success of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care.

Recovery Capital Conference

Since 2017 The Last Door has organized the annual Recovery Capital Conference of Canada, where over 7,000 health care providers have attended from across Canada, and virtually. The conference features leading international researchers, clinicians, and policymakers who provide evidence-based clinical knowledge gained through decades of care. Through collaboration delegates engage in solution-focused care for people and their families, supported by paraprofessionals, peers, and mutual support systems.

The 2023 Conference is centred around the #AlbertaModel which is a coordinated network of services and supports that builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families, and communities. The goal of the Alberta Model is for people to achieve a life free of illicit drugs and to improve health, well-being, and quality of life for those with or at risk of addiction or mental health issues.

2023 Conference Tickets

Buy your tickets today for the 2023 Recovery Capital Conference in Calgary, AB – https://recoverycapitalconference.com/




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