The Conference

Stronger Connections = Stronger Communities

About the Organizer

The Recovery Capital Conference is organized by Last Door Recovery Society, a non profit addiction treatment organization that is a registered charity.    Our goal is to collaborate and partner with teams across Canada to increase awareness of how to foster Recovery Capital in people, families and communities. 

About the Conference

Leading the change in care for mental health and addiction, the Recovery Capital Conference of Canada will feature leading international researchers, clinicians, and policymakers who will provide evidence-based clinical knowledge gained through decades of care.

Emerging research supports the concept that Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care demonstrate improved mental and physical health, improved quality of life, pro-social behavior, and a dramatic reduction in human and financial cost to the community.

This Canadian Conferences will engage delegates in the collaborative practice of solution-focused care for people and their families, supported by paraprofessionals, peers, and mutual support systems. Delegates will learn how Recovery Capital can involve conventional medical model practices and community-based interdisciplinary services work.

Speakers will present evidence-based research that explores specific measures of Recovery Capital. Presenters will also explore how medication and professionally delivered psycho-social treatment modalities, mutual support and spiritual-health programs, cooperative recovery houses, and recovery-oriented workplaces are increasingly supported by research.

A fundamental shift is occurring in the way we manage addiction and the Recovery advocacy movement is making itself heard in Canada. This movement is alerting governments and policymakers of the millions of people, once suffering silently from addiction, who are now living healthy, drug-free and engaged lives.

Working together we can eliminate silos, and move towards the creation of better comprehensive systems of care for Canadians.

What is Recovery Capital 

Research has shifted from the pathology and short-term addiction treatment modalities to include more focused attention to recovery.  Conference participants will learn those factors that seem to make people with substance use disorders more resilient.  These characteristics have been termed ‘Recovery Capital’, defined by Granfield and Cloud as “The breadth and depth of internal and external resources that can be drawn upon to initiate and sustain Recovery from alcohol and other drug problems”.

Recovery Capital is not a fixed value, it diminishes during active addiction and increases during sustained recovery.  Recovery Capital may be grouped in four categories – internal: human and physical; and external: social and cultural.

Recovery Capital interacts with problem severity to shape the intensity and duration of support needed to initiate and sustain recovery.  Re-evaluation of Recovery Capital during the recovery journey may be used to determine the quality and even duration of successful sustained recovery from addiction.

Human and Physical – includes housing, employment, nutrition, education, personal resources, mental, spiritual and emotional health, knowledge, coping, well-being, mindfulness, physical fitness, financial responsibility

Social and Cultural – encompasses community attitudes and recovery supports; policy maker knowledge and policies and resources related to recovery;  active efforts to reduce stigma; visible and diverse recovery role models, accessible sources of sustained recovery supports, recovery peer resources and early intervention; beliefs, sense of personal choice social integration, connection to purpose;  availability of multiple pathways to recovery, community assets, Recovery-focused systems of care.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to identify and describe the benefits of Recovery Capital.  Compare presented clinical guidelines/best practices with the delegates current practice and identify strengths or gaps.   Connect with other professionals to improve community.

Continuing Education Hours

Continuing Education Credits,  a full list of CE Units will be released in June 2019.