When you’re in the thick of drug problems or alcohol addiction, you may long for a “normal” life. A life that is less chaotic and more productive. You may think to yourself, “If I could just kick this dependence…”. The reality is rehab gives you the tools necessary to cope with everyday challenges, but it does not eliminate them.
That’s why here at Absolute Awakenings, we emphasize the importance of developing recovery capital in your path forward to mental health and sustained recovery.
Recovery Capital is the range and depth of internal and external resources available to a person in the recovery process that contributes to lasting success in their post-addiction life after substance abuse treatment. This may look like access to education, vocational training, resume building, job interview preparation, public transportation, as well as safe, recovery-oriented housing options with support groups.
Research indicates that recovery capital may be a critical predictor of one’s long-term recovery success, quality of life, and stress level. There are also parallels between recovery capital and natural recovery, solution-focused therapy, strengths-based case management, recovery management, and ideas of resilience and holistic health.
Recovery capital provides the means to create a productive and peaceful life once treatment has ended.