Recovery Capital is the breadth and depth of internal and external resources that can be drawn upon to initiate and sustain recovery from AOD problems. (Granfield and Cloud 2004). Recovery Capital is conceptually linked to natural recovery, solution-focused recovery therapy, strengths-based case management, recovery management, resilience and protective factors, and the ideas of hardiness, wellness, and global health.
William White, MA, Alexandre Laudet, Ph.D., David Best, Ph.D. and John Kelley, Ph.D. are a few of the most notable members of the academic community responsible for championing Recovery Capital as a quantitative measurement of internal and external resources necessary to sustain resiliency from substance use disorder. While the term “Recovery Capital” has become rooted in the fabric of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, application of the science is just beginning to find its way into assessment and recovery care planning instruments. The SHU-FARR REC CAP Pilot Study represents a major step forward.
“Operationalising the recovery concept within behavioural health systems transformation initiatives hinges on the ability to deﬁne recovery and measure recovery capital.” –The Assessment of Recovery Capital: Properties and psychometrics of a measure of addiction recovery strengths, Groshkova, Best & White – Drug and Alcohol Review (2012). Now translated into seven additional languages, this peer-reviewed study empowers recovery champions worldwide and supports Recovery as an organizing approach to chronic disease management.
REC CAP is an instrument that is owned by the client and the worker jointly, or by the client on their own, and allows people to map what they do so that it becomes both a marker of progress using the currency of recovery capital and a mechanism for determining what strengths you have to take you to the next step. – David Best, Ph.D. during interview conducted before FARR Training Session in 2015.