21 Sep Drug and Alcohol Interventions Calgary Alberta
Recovery Capital is a concept that’s changing the recovery landscape across Canada.
Until now, research in the field of substance abuse has focused on the pathology of addiction, with the aim to understand why individuals become addicted in the first place. Are they genetically predisposed? Did they experience trauma or abuse? Did their social life influence it?
Researchers have repeatedly asked questions about the underlying causes of addiction. While there is value in studying these trends, the answers haven’t provided any connection to predicting recovery outcomes. The reality is that any one of these factors, along with a myriad of others or a combination of many, can lead to the onset of addiction.
However, the addictions community has recently undergone a major shift in thought, moving from a pathology-based focus, to one that focuses on recovery. What resources does it take to achieve recovery? Where can you find these across Alberta? What is an intervention? What are the patterns and stages in long-term recovery? And how can different factors work together to give individuals the tools they need to maintain abstinence? Many families ask, drug and alcohol interventionist Andy Bhatti, how can a drug and alcohol intervention help our family?
These types of questions represent a new way of thinking that is leading to greater outcomes and understanding of this tragic epidemic affecting countless Canadians. This new outlook calls for a deeper understanding of all the different resources and networks of support it takes to achieve an end goal of an alcohol or drug-free lifestyle as an active and contributing member of society – in what has become known as the concept of recovery capital.
What is recovery capital and how is it changing the addictions treatment landscape?
Simply put, recovery capital are the internal and external resources needed for an individual to not only initiate but maintain a healthy recovery from substance abuse. At the root of this concept is the acknowledgement that recovery is an individual journey and each person requires a different level of support and responds to different types of resources to achieve that goal. While some delve straight into treatment, we recommend inquiring about Calgary intervention services. This way, the substance user can plan their course of action in a supportive environment.
Recovery capital can be broken down into the following four types:
- Physical: Physical capital includes all the concrete elements that it takes to build a life, including health, finances, insurance and access to things like shelter, clothing, food, and transportation.
- Human: Human capital refers to personality traits, values, knowledge, self-awareness, self-esteem, outlook, sense of meaning in life and interpersonal skills.
- Family/social: Family/social capital is all about the relationships, both family, friends and otherwise, that positively contribute to the recovery process.
- Community: Finally, community capital is about the general outlook on recovery in society- meaning the attitudes, policies, and resources in place and readily available to promote recovery, including a full continuum of local recovery community support institutions.
Recovery capital is built on the idea that addiction treatment must encompass more than simply withdrawal or intervention services – but rather by developing and strengthening access to each of these four spheres.
Incorporating the idea of recovery capital within residential addiction treatment can greatly influence service delivery practices. The journey begins by analyzing which Alberta-based resources should be made available to support each person’s long-term recovery based on their unique background, needs, and personal experiences. Then, the creation of a comprehensive treatment plan with a patient-centred approach that engages all four spheres of recovery capital can be accessed on an ongoing basis.
Your chosen drug and alcohol treatment centre in Calgary or Alberta, should help gain access and support of recovery capital through the following ways:
- In-person or online group counselling with a continuing care provider in Alberta
- Access to alumni specific events, workshops and resources
- Daily meditations
- Recovery Connection Newsletters
- Referrals to sober living and recovery homes in Calgary, Alberta
- Recovery recreation opportunities
- Sober living activities
- Regular contact with our Community Care Team
- Service opportunities in Alberta
- Alumni-specific 12 step meetings in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer
- Peer to peer support networks all over Alberta
- Alumni Advisory Committee
- Referral to local resources and support networks in Alberta
- Recovery Coaching
- Continuing Care Plan
- Drug and Alcohol Intervention support in Alberta
- Individualized, comprehensive recovery plans that include the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of every individual- and more!
All these components contribute to the creation of the best possible recovery for patients. One of the most important aspects of this concept is the underlying need for addiction treatment programs to work tin unison with the goal to help build a new era of community recovery capital across Canada. Substance abuse experts including support services, healthcare providers, interventionists, families and communities, must not only communicate with each other but also work in conjunction to support individuals in reaching a successful recovery.
Andy Bhatti Interventions and Addiction Services, offers emergency interventions for families in crisis in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Emergency contact number for families in Alberta 1-888-963-9116
Andy Bhatti’s 24 hr emergency cell phone number for families living in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Langley, Surrey, Aldergrove, Abbotsford and Metro Vancouver is 1-604-309-1573