Recovery is a process. The Recovery Outcomes Institute (ROI) is committed to funding research, building infrastructure, training providers, and collecting data that improves this process for the client, their families and the community. The REC-CAP Assessment & Recovery Planning Tool is an evidence-based platform developed by David Best Ph.D., University of Derby, that provides a finite, measurable recovery plan coupled with accurate and predictive assessment. It is recovery path neutral and appropriate for delivery in clinical and non-clinical environments by both certified peers and medical professionals. We have partnered with thought leaders around the world to create training materials for the staff members of recovery organizations seeking to deliver measurably improved outcomes through the use of cutting-edge technology and research. Those who complete the training become certified Recovery Navigators and are ready to guide their clients through a process of REC-CAP assessment and goal setting that may stretch far beyond the traditional confines of the continuum of care.
The REC-CAP is an innovative system for mapping the growth of recovery resources and for recovery care planning that has been developed at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. It is a way of mapping in a systematic and scientific way all of the things that both research and lived experience tell us are critical to making the journey to stable recovery.
The original idea comes from sociology and a French academic called Bourdieu who developed the idea of SOCIAL CAPITAL. Social Capital describes those assets that people have irrespective of whether they have financial capital, including things like friendship, status in their community and the knowledge of both how to do things and how to get things in their local communities. In 2000, an American sociologist called Robert Putnam extended this idea to focus on social networks and groups as the basis for community – in other words, social capital was seen as a kind of currency of both community involvement and wellbeing.
Around this time, two addiction recovery researchers, Robert Granfield and William Cloud, adapted this to the notion of RECOVERY CAPITAL to refer to all the resources that a person can draw on to support their recovery journey. Although the idea has been cited widely since this initial paper in 1999, most of the work has been conceptual and very few studies have attempted to operationalize the idea.
The REC-CAP takes the idea of recovery capital and translates it into something that can actually be measured. This has not happened overnight and there has been a gradual process of research and planning that initially involved the development of a 50-item measure called the ASSESSMENT OF RECOVERY CAPITAL. This is a scale that consists of 10 sub-scales of five items each that are summed up into 25 questions about personal recovery capital and 25 questions about social recovery capital.
This measure is now widely used in a range of research settings and has been translated into six other languages. However, two of the authors – David Best and William White – felt that this was only the start and that two other developments were needed:
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