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Harnessing Recovery Capital: A Strategic Approach to Well-being

Issue 32

by Josh Warren

Recovery is a journey filled with many milestones and challenges. It’s about more than just stopping harmful habits – it’s about building a strong foundation for a healthier life. This foundation includes items often overlooked, such as access to transportation for meetings, having a primary care physician, a stable source of income, connection to a loved one, and knowing where the next meal comes from.

These fundamental aspects of life and recovery are collectively known as an individual’s recovery capital.

Understanding Recovery Capital

Recovery isn’t just about willpower or what’s inside of you, it’s about having the right tools and support to help you along the way. Imagine recovery capital as your personal toolkit for staying on track and feeling supported during your journey.

It includes feeling connected to your community, staying healthy, having a safe place to live, and finding a job or going to school. These are all parts of what helps you stay on track. Your coach will help you identify and access these resources.

Meet Your Recovery Coach

Your recovery coach is like your guide on this journey. They’re there to help you figure out what tools you have in your toolkit and how to use them. Using motivation, understanding, trust, and teamwork, your coach will help you make a plan that fits your life. Your coach will also help you identify any barriers or challenges you may face and work with you to overcome them.

Exploring these assets and limitations honestly and collaboratively establishes a substantial and strengths-based recovery plan.

Assessing Your Progress

Checking in regularly helps you and your coach see what’s working and what might need more attention. It’s like taking a snapshot of your progress. This way, you can see how far you’ve come and what steps you need to take next. Your coach will help you set goals and track your progress over time.

Overcoming Barriers

Sometimes there are barriers to getting the help you need. This could include not having enough support from friends and family or not knowing about all the resources available to you. Your recovery coach can help you figure out how to overcome these barriers and make the most of what you have. They’ll also help you develop strategies for coping with stress and managing cravings.

The Power of Recovery Capital

Sustained recovery, in part, is born out of taking honest stock of what resources are available in the community, and recognizing and utilizing the adaptive skills within. Those who are meeting with recovery coaches can better expand their views and perceptions of their environment.

Developing your recovery capital creates a roadmap — one that is rooted in strength, resilience, and the unwavering belief in the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. By focusing on these key aspects of recovery and working with your coach, you can build a solid foundation for a healthier and happier life. Remember, you’re not alone on this journey — your recovery coach and support network are here to help you every step of the way.

PRCC’s mission is to provide support, education, resources, and advocacy for people recovering from and affected by addiction, and to spread the message of hope throughout the state of Maine and beyond. PRCC’s vision is that every person affected by addiction in Maine will have direct access to a local recovery community center that provides support, education, and individual resources to enhance their ability to heal, strengthen and grow in their recovery pathway, throughout all stages of their journey. PRCC provides a place for the recovery community to grow and thrive at 102 Bishop Street in Portland. The center offers space for meetings and activities devoted to recovery from substance use disorder. PRCC is operated by staff and volunteers who are passionate about recovery, and every activity is created by and for people in recovery. PRCC offers peer support to individuals who use a variety of recovery pathways, and we honor each person’s unique recovery journey. We know from experience that successful recovery from substance use disorder requires support from others. Our center welcomes all who are taking steps to recover. PRCC works statewide to support the development of new recovery community centers so that every community in Maine has access to its own local center. By providing training, resources, and technical support to new and developing centers, PRCC’s Recovery Hub sustains a network of mutual support among the centers that develops leadership and empowers communities.

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