What is Recovery Capital?

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

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Building Recovery Capital

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.  Emerging research supports the concept that Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care demonstrate improved mental and physical health, improved quality of life, pro-social behaviour, and a dramatic reduction in human and financial cost to the community.

Last Door’s Recovery Community and Social Model Program assess an individual’s Recovery Capital, allowing the case manager to offer client-centred addiction treatment services.

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.  Out of the conference, My Recovery Plan, a software program that measures Recovery Captial was launched.   Both Social Enterprises of Last Door.

What is Recovery Capital?

What is recovery capital?

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.

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.

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.

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Press Release announcing “Recovery Capital” in 2017, Conferences were held from 2017 to 2019 in cities across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, when COVID hit in 2020, the Conference went Virtual, with over 1600 attendees, over 4,000 conversations in the networking rooms.  There’s excitement for Recovery Capital in Canada.  2021 Plans are still being considered.

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