What is Recovery Capital, Anyway?
When Paul Melnuk, Aurora Recovery Centre’s owner talks about recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC), he’s talking about it.
When Aurora president Steve Low talks about a continuum of care, he’s talking about it, too.
With the fourth annual Recovery Capital Conference only a short time away on September 4, 2020, the concept of recovery capital is making the rounds in the media. More and more people are starting to understand the science and hope it offers. That is why Aurora remains one of the key sponsors of the event. We’re here to help people find and keep recovery in whatever ways we can.
What is Recovery Capital, anyway, and why does it matter?
Perhaps William L. White, one of the world’s top researchers on addiction treatment and policies, explained it best.
“Addiction professionals across America are witnessing the field’s paradigmatic shift from a pathology and intervention focus to a recovery focus,” he wrote in 2004.
As the world experiences the lashes of Covid-19, with mental health issues dominating headlines and the opioid crisis devastating communities, White was ahead of the curve 15 years ago.
“Attention on the lived solution to alcohol and other drug problems is reflected in the growing interest in defining recovery, conducting recovery prevalence surveys, illuminating the varieties of recovery experiences, and mapping the patterns, processes, and stages of long-term recovery. One of the key ideas at the core of this shift is that of recovery capital.”
Recovery Capital is essentially the resources a person has available in their lives to help them find and maintain recovery. From personal to family and social recovery capital, to community and cultural recovery capital, the truth is everyone looking for help has assets to some degree or other.
The upcoming Recovery Capital Conference presents how the recognition and application of recovery capital are essential to the practices of front-line addiction professionals toward helping those with substance use disorder into long-term recovery.