The Recovery Capital Scale will Provide Hope to Anyone with the Addiction Disease!

There is a question everyone should ask themselves: “Do I want to shake off my circumstance(s) (Disease/Addictions) and have a good chance at a positive “Quality of Life”?

In my case, I have written about three life changing events:

  • Emotional trauma: a very difficult divorce after 23 years of marriage.
  • Physical trauma: an attack on my life leading to a diagnosis of Situational Anxiety
  • Medical trauma: an infection from a spinal operation leading to induced comas and lifelong pain and disability.

For more information about these events and the start of this blog, read, About the Author and His Intent

I purposely have written about my life experiences because just one of these three events could lead anyone to some form of addiction or substance use. But once substance use and its causes are exposed, how do you work your way back to being normal and happy.

The following approaches will provide a start to the answer!

  1. Recovery Capital and using the Recovery Capital Scale by William White and William Cloud: Simply, just like financial capital, the Capital in Recovery Capital are the assets and resources you use to improve your Quality of Life and Normalcy. By examining one’s self with honest answers to the scale’s 35 questions, you will discover the strengths and weaknesses of your situation. When you discover the activities in your life that are weak, you can create and implement action plans to correct them or improve your “scale score”. This works! See The Capital Recovery Scale Evaluation and Next Steps by William White for more information.
  2. 11 Action Items to “create a Beach Head” to Normalcy: By combining as many of the 11 action items you feel capable of handling, you will create a foothold in your life so you can plan and move toward a better Quality of Life. I detailed these in the 11 Action Items to create a Recovery Beach Head post. I found a strong parallel between A-R-E’s Beach Head and the Recovery Capital Scale.

CRITICAL ADDICTION QUESTION: How can we motivate a substance user to investigate the two concepts? How can we help someone truthfully understand what White and Cloud are saying, which is, work the Scale, acknowledge critical areas, and plan a path for improvement? 

ANSWER:  I will start by creating simple categories from the questions in the Capital Recovery Scale. The individual will answer the questions on the Recovery Capital Scale (RCS) as truthfully as possible. We then match up the “lowest” and the “highest” numbers to the category KEY QUESTION NUMBERS from the RCS, which are under the category name; we will use a scale of 1 to 5; 3 will be in the lowest column.  The result will be a clear view of the quantity and content of the questions NEEDED TO BE ADDRESS. The individual needs to work on those areas in life which can help him or her.

This will be in this blog. In the next blog, I will relate successes.

Provide the User with a High Level View of Critical Personal Areas to Normalcy:

  1. High Level View of Critical Personal Areas in The Recovery Scale: We can create interest by organizing the thirty-five questions into easily understood “Categories” that a person on the street deals with everyday. Each category corresponds to the group of questions in the scale relevant to that category. Once the user answers the questions, we list the questions in that category as either lowest or highest: rating 3 sometimes goes into the lowest column. If the category has a large number of highly rated questions, it has been or is being positively addressed by the user. Should the category have high number of low rated questions, the category has not been achieved or needs to be addressed by the user. This means that the category needs more action items and planning to improve the probability of a better quality of life and normalcy.

The Categories and the Relevant Recovery Capital Scale Questions:

  • Financial – Questions 1, 9, 10  Total is 3
  • Transportation – Question 2   Total is 1
  • Environment/Housing/Clothing – Questions 3, 4, 19, 26  Total is 4
  • Support – Questions 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 20, 21, 22, 23, 31   Total is 10
  • Medical/Health – Questions 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 17, 18   Total is 7
  • Self Motivation/Confidence/Plan – Questions 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35   Total is 10

The overall objective of this exercise is to show the overlap of “low scores” in the Capital Scale. A person with an addiction can then create and implement a plan in order to achieve higher scores in the Recovery Capital Scale. This will lead to a chance at regaining a better quality of life, that a person with an addiction had thought was lost.

Note: In the next blog post I will take actual “before” and “after” Recovery Capital Scale scores and apply them to the six Categories so we can see results.

The Scale: The Capital Recovery Scale and Plans

The 11 Action Items: 11 Action Items to create a Recovery Beach Head

NO MATTER WHAT, both concepts, must be followed up with an Action Plan/To Do List to improve your score and most importantly TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE. Based on the history of the people I have met in my discussion groups and individually, if the questions and categories are planned and executed to the positive, you will succeed. You will have HOPE!

Brian Masters


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