What are Recovery Capitals?

Recovery capitals are everything a person has working to their advantage when trying to get clean from addiction. And, the more “capital” someone has, and the better the quality, the more successful their recovery is likely to be. There are four categories:

PHYSICAL CAPITAL

housePhysical is about the basic needs: having a safe place to live and enough to eat; having access to transportation, adequate clothes, and finances.

HUMAN CAPITAL

HUMANHuman is about the individual: having employable skills, education, and social and emotional skills. Resilience comes in here as well. Is the person optimistic, have perseverance, self-awareness, confidence, and a sense of purpose?

SOCIAL CAPITAL

SOCIALSocial consists of positive, supporting relationships such as friends, family, coworkers, mentors, and other community members.

CULTURAL CAPITAL

CULTURALCultural is support from your community and culture. This includes support such as access to treatment programs, laws that support recovery, non-stigmatizing language in the media, and access to support groups.