Recovery from addiction comes about not through professional intervention and support alone, but also as a result of people’s ability to access key social, physical, human and cultural resources. The ‘Recovery Capital’ or Rec Cap, profess that these combined elements must be better understood in order to fully realize their potential to help people in recovery, their families and friends and the wider community.

The move in recent years towards ‘recovery-focused’ service provision within the addictions field is testament to an increasing awareness that people do recover from drug and alcohol dependence. However, the factors enabling recovery success are complex and still not fully understood – including the extent to which professional inputs play a part.

Recovery Capital or Rec Cap, refers to the sum of resources necessary to initiate and sustain recovery from substance misuse. These include support from parents and family, partners, friends and neighbours but also key are the individual’s engagement with, commitment to and participation in the community and its values.

It is becoming clear that recovery is grounded in the community and that it is a transition that can occur without professional input. Evidence also increasingly suggests that recovery is contagious, benefitting not only those people suffering from addiction but their families and communities, as well as impacting positively on other addicts.

By acknowledging that recovery takes place in the lived, physical community as well as among substance using groups, we can begin to develop stronger, more effective systems of recovery-oriented care. These systems should foster a greater sense of empowerment and improved life quality as a daily experience through contact with recovery ‘champions’ and better opportunities to engage in a range of community activities.


The REC CAP: What’s Capital Got to do with Recovery?
Introduction To Recovery Capital
The Potential of the Rec Cap Program
The Recovery Capital Program Overview
Recovery Capital And My Personal Experience
What do we mean by recovery and recovery capital?
What are the key components of the Recovery Capital Program?
What does recovery capital mean at a community level?
Recovery capital as community engagement
Recovery Capital as Predictive tool for Sustained Recovery


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