The Recovery Capital Conference

Building on Our Strengths 

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.

These 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.

National Campaign

Attendees at Recovery Day BC 2018
Attendees at Recovery Day BC 2018

This year the conference is expanding to across Canada, from the East Coast to the West Coast.   Delegates will learn how Recovery Capital can involve conventional medical model practices and community-based interdisciplinary services work.  RCC will launch a “Building Recovery Capital Assessment Took Kit for the workplace, healthcare setting and individuals”   More details on this workshop to be announced.

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

A photo of Recovery Capital Conference New Westminster 2019
Recovery Capital Conference New Westminster 2019

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 Units at Recovery Capital Conference

The Recovery Capital Conference will offer Continuing Education Credits, each conference will offer a different amount of CEUs as the duration varies, in past years we were able to offer CEUs from the following organizations:

Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation (CACCF)

International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EACC/EAPA)

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Breining Institute (BI)

The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

The Commission on Rehabilitation Counsellor Certification (CRCC)

Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada (MDPAC)

a full list of CE Units will be released in June.

About the Organizers

The Recovery Capital Conference is organized by Last Door Recovery Society, a non profit addiction treatment organization that is a registered charity.    Last Door is collaborating with many partners with teams across Canada to increase awareness of how to foster Recovery Capital in people, families and communities.   A full list of partners will be will updated on the individual conference pages as we progress towards the launch of the conference.

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