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The REC CAP: What’s Capital Got to do with Recovery?

In an important 2001 paper, two addiction researchers coined the term “recovery capital” in order to depict “the sum total of one’s resources that can be brought to bear on the initiation and maintenance of substance use cessation.”  Recovery capital has become an important tool for helping people in recovery to assess their individual strengths and resources, and in creating recovery plans that will provide the results they hope to achieve.

The REC CAP is a strengths based assessment and participant (peer, resident, client)-owned recovery planning tool for Peer Recovery Navigators,  including house managers, other residence staff members, professional recovery support service providers, especially those working with participants in recovery residences.

The tool is intended to assist participants (staff and residents) with monitoring progress in achieving self-directed recovery goals. One NARR affiliate, the Florida Association of Recovery Residences, was involved in the pilot study of REC CAP, and others are considering pilot programs of their own in the near future.

The REC CAP also provides process improvement data that can improve residence support effectiveness across initiation to stable stages of recovery. Based on earlier work mapping recovery capital (Groshkova, Best & White, 2012), the REC CAP assesses current recovery strengths including personal, social, well-being and support, and commitment domains; support and service needs; barriers to recovery; and involvement in recovery organizations. Participants in the REC CAP Pilot Study confirmed that the assessment process is intuitive while encouraging and building confidence and self-efficacy for progressive recovery.

The Rec Cap Navigator will help the participant:

  1. Identify where the person is in their recovery journey
  2. Recognize strengths for moving forward
  3. “Node-Link Mapping” for recovery planning that includes quality of life and satisfaction factors, barriers to recovery, service involvement and needs, and recovery strengths.
  4. Administration of the REC CAP to map and track over time an individual’s recovery strengths, barriers and unmet service needs to recovery plan goals and tasks.
  5. Generate participative recovery plans that are evidence based and that will support recovery transitions and the growth of recovery capital.

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