National Recovery Capital Conference

Building on Our Strengths: What Do I Need to Build to Sustain my Recovery?

Pete Nielsen
"These are all pathways, but recovery is more than a pathway; it is a lifestyle and a mindset."

Pete Nielsen


About the Conference

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Leading the change in care for mental health and addiction, the National Recovery Capital Conference of America 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 conference will engage delegates in the collaborative practice of solution-focused care for people and their families, supported by paraprofessionals, peers, and mutual support systems.

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When: October 28, 2021

from 8 am to 5 pm Pacific

Where: Newport Beach Hyatt

Price: $200


Included as part of CCAPP's California Addiction Conference, but can be attended separately:
purchase separately here.

From the Conference

Tom Hill welcomes everyone to the 2021 National Recovery Capital Conference, part of CCAPP's California Addiction Conference.

Congresswoman Judy Chu talks at CCAPP's 2021 California Addiction Conference.


You can download the slides from John Kelly's presentation, Recovery Capital: Rationale and Science.

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a graph titled 'Substance Use Recovery Continuum Stages Breakdown' with the BHAP logo in upper left and CCAPP logo on upper right. Three lines: Substance Use Recovery Continuum, Stages of Change, and Stages of Recovery

Substance Use Recovery Map

the Substance Use Recovery Map

You can download the Substance Use Recovery Map, as well as purchase a poster version (three sizes available) for your organization.

For more information on the Substance Use Recovery Map, go here.

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What is Recovery Capital?

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Recovery Capital refers to the internal and external resources necessary to achieve and maintain recovery. It recognizes that a variety of elements -- personal, family, social, community -- can support or jeopardize recovery depending on how we use our capital.

This Recovery Capital module will help you assess what capital you've developed and how to build more over time. Identifying your strong and weak areas can help you build a solid foundation in recovery.

In their first article, "Recovery Movement", David Best and Alexandre Laudet seek to define "recovery capital" as the sum of resources necessary to initiate and sustain recovery from substance misuse. These resources include support from parents and family, partners, friends and neighbors; but also key are the individual's engagement with, commitment to and participation in the community and its values. This means that the individual gets to contribute in ways that add value and take away things that do not. This type of frees choice is rooted the individuals' right to self-determination in their own recovery, as opposed to having it pre-prescribed or predetermined.

In the article "The Potential of Recovery Capital", Best and Laudet further describe the concept of recovery capital as contagious ' -– in a good way. "There is also the recognition that recovery is something that is grounded in the community and that it is a transition that can occur without professional input, and where professional input is involved, the extent of its role is far from clear. We are also increasingly confident that recovery is contagious and that it is a powerful force not only in transforming the lives of individuals blighted by addiction but in impacting on their families and communities as well."

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.

So recovery capital is the sum of resources that help to start the journey or process of recovery. Resources that are a part of recovery capital can include parents, families, partners, friends, and neighbors. It also can refer to the person’s willingness to be sober, their commitment to their community, and the amount they engage and participate in value systems.

There are four parts of recovery capital; social capital, physical capital, human capital and cultural capital.

  • Social recovery capital is the sum of resources a person has due to their relationships with other people. This could mean support from and commitments to groups of people. Family membership, friendships, commitments, obligations to 12 step meetings, etc.
  • Physical recovery capital is the resources that are tangible. For instance, physical recovery capital would be property or money that increases the options in recovery for this person. An example would be being able to afford to move to a different location or afford a better treatment center.
  • Human recovery capital is resources such as skills, health, aspirations, hopes, and personal resources that can help someone prosper. Things such as the amount of an education a person has and how intelligent they are. The reason this is a part of recovery capital is that these things can help with some of the solution-based parts of recovery.
  • Cultural recovery capital includes a person’s beliefs, attitudes, and values that tie them to social conformity and their ability to fit into dominant social behaviors.

In order to assess or see how much recovery capital a person has is the focus on the enmeshment of social, human, and cultural recovery capital.

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Learning Outcomes

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At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to identify and describe the benefits of recovery capital. Learning outcomes include comparing presented clinical guidelines/best practices with the delegate's current practice and identify strengths or gaps. Participants will also connect with other professionals to improve the community.

Continuing Education Units

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:

  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia: Provider Number - 20-09-18-0000
  • CCAPP (California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals): Provider Number - 2N-18-292-0522
  • NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors): Provider Number - 176068 (Tier A)
  • Counselor Magazine
  • Tennessee Certification Board

About the Organizers

The Recovery Capital Conference is organized by BHAP, CCAPP, ARCC, and Counselor Magazine.

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(in alphabetical order)

Louie A. Brown, Jr.

Louie A. Brown, Jr.

Louie A. Brown, Jr. is the managing partner of Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP's Government Relations Group representing clients before the California State Legislature and various state administrative agencies.

Louie specializes in providing clients with expert advice in maneuvering through California’s complex legislative and administrative process. He has written numerous laws and played key roles in many of the Legislature’s major accomplishments and budget negotiations over the last decade, including the agricultural tax relief package of 2001, comprehensive water package, tax relief for the California horse racing industry, and law enforcement funding.

In addition to his work with the firm, Louie is deeply committed to the success of education in agriculture. He chairs the Cal Poly AgriBusiness Department’s Advisory Committee, serves as member of the California Future Farmers of America Foundation Board of Directors and Reedley College’s Partners in Agricultural Leadership Advisory Committee.

David Best

David Best

David Best is Professor of Criminology at the University of Derby and Honorary Professor of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University.

He is also chair of the Prisons Research Network of the British Society of Criminology. Trained as a psychologist and criminologist, he has worked in practice, research and policy in the areas of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of offenders.

He has authored or co-edited seven books on addiction recovery and desistance from offending, and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and around 70 book chapters and technical reports. In 2019, he has produced a monograph entitled Pathways to Desistance and Recovery: The Role of the Social Contagion of Hope (Policy Press) and a co-edited volume entitled Strength-Based Approaches to Crime and Substance Use (Routledge).

He currently leads a longitudinal research study into pathways to recovery by gender in Scotland, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. His research interests include recovery pathways, recovery capital and its measurement, social identity theory and its implications for recovery, recovery and desistance, addiction treatment effectiveness particularly in prison settings, prison and community connections, and family experiences of addiction and recovery.

John Kelly

John Kelly

Dr. John F. Kelly (keynote speaker) is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School -- the first endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard.

He is also the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at MGH, and the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS). Dr. Kelly is a former President of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology and is a Fellow of the APA and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies and non-federal institutions, as well as foreign governments and the United Nations. Dr. Kelly has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, chapters, and books in the field of addiction medicine, and was an author on the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process, mechanisms of behavior change, and reducing stigma and discrimination among individuals suffering from addiction.

Philip Rutherford

Philip Rutherford

Philip Rutherford is the Chief Operating Officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery. He is a recovery coach, a passionate member of the Recovery Community and possesses a self-described Doctorate from the school of Hard Knocks.

As COO, he is responsible for multiple lines of business within the Faces & Voices ecosystem. Phil is credited with a significant role in conception, design, launch and facilitation of the Recovery Data Platform (RDP). This cloud-based platform is the first of its kind and has quickly become a valuable asset in longitudinal data collection for Peer-Based Services.

Phil has a BA in Psychology with a specialization in Substance Use Disorders. Phil’s prior experience as Director of Operations at a Recovery Community Organization offered front-row seat into the world of Peer Based Recovery Supports. Prior to that, he spent most of his career in corporate sales, marketing, and management at Microsoft, Micron Electronics, and companies within the Taylor Corporation. Phil is an active member of the Recovery community and has considerable experience in the areas of Substance Use Disorders, Recovery, and Re-entry.

Zachary Talbott

Zachary Talbott

Zachary Talbott is the President of Talbott Legacy Centers, and an individual in long-term, sustained recovery from prescription pain killer and heroin addiction. He credits the success of his recovery to comprehensive medication assisted treatment, and he is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of buprenorphine and methadone patients in the larger recovery community and fighting for their rights.

In 2015, Zac founded and operated outpatient opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in Georgia and North Carolina before being awarded a Certificate of Need to establish a new opioid treatment program in his hometown of Maryville, Tennessee. Although the assets of two of his treatment programs were acquired by BayMark Health Services, Zac continues to serve as President and CEO of Talbott Legacy Centers, operating comprehensive opioid treatment programs in Eastern Tennessee and North Georgia.

Zac serves as the current President of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA Recovery), the oldest and largest national advocacy organization specifically focused on the rights of and advocacy for individuals whose recovery journeys are supported by methadone or buprenorphine treatment. Zac also currently serves as the President & Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA), the Georgia IC&RC affiliate and statewide credentialing board for addiction and recovery professionals. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (OTPG), the Georgia opioid treatment providers association and state chapter of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD).

Zac has provided operational, policy, compliance, and clinical consulting for office based opioid treatment (OBOT) providers and opioid treatment programs (OTPs) across six U.S. states and is proficient in the behavioral health accreditation standards of The Joint Commission and CARF International. He has been sought after as a speaker for a variety of national, regional, and state-level conferences, and he has served as a Recovery Month Planning Partner since 2014.

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