Recovery Capital At Absolute Awakenings
Your Addiction Recovery Journey Requires Intention, Action, and Support
What Is Recovery Capital?
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.
What Are The Different Types of Recovery Capital?
Recovery capital is a multi-faceted concept that addresses the various aspects of one’s life. Studies have shown that environmental factors are more impactful to recovery success than short-term interventions, and different elements of recovery capital will hold more importance at various stages of recovery.
Personal Recovery Capital
Family and Social Recovery Capital
Community and Cultural Recovery Capital
Encompassing community recovery capital and cultural recovery capital are societal attitudes, government policies, and community resources related to addiction and rehabilitation that help prevent relapse. Community-based capital and systems of care may look like efforts to reduce harmful stigmas around drug use and alcohol use, opportunities for suitable careers, and sustained recovery support.
Cultural capital concerns the availability of culturally specific recovery support options such as program specific to one’s ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc.
Why Is Recovery Capital Important?
Recovery capital is vital to sustained recovery because it provides the resources necessary to lead a life of purpose, direction, and meaning. The more recovery capital one can accrue, the greater their chances are of long-term remission. Lower biological, psychological, and social stress means a reduced likelihood for relapse and better quality of life.
Absolute Awakenings Treatment Center provides clients access to providers and resources that will build their recovery capital so they’re supported for a lifetime.
Recovery Capital FAQs
The 5 key principles of recovery include:
Integrity – honesty about yourself
Compassion – love and understanding to yourself
Growth – commitment to improvement
Agency – self-responsibility
Self-trust – leaning into your intuition and self-awareness
The 6 stages of recovery include:
Transition – recognizing one’s addiction
Stabilization – initial relief from withdrawal symptoms
Early recovery – reframing one’s mindset
Middle recovery – creating a new set of habits and lifestyle
Late recovery – continual management of habits and behaviors
Maintenance – choosing growth and a complete new set of thoughts and patterns