Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment – Use the Scale Monthly and Yearly

Categorizing the Scale Ratings: The individual’s answers to William White’s and Dr. David Best Recovery Capital Scale were matched to William Reiley Butler’s Category Assessments to initiate and sustain recovery from homelessness and substance abuse. I matched the numbers from the individual’s answers to statements to the KEY NUMBERS under the Category of Asset to the MASTER KEY NUMBERS from White’s scale pertaining to that category. Each person’s scale statement numbers are broken out under “Lowest and Highest.” When each person answered the Capital Scale they used 1 to 5 with 3 falling under the low number column. See The Capital Recovery Scale Evaluation and Next Steps.

If you are doing this, once you have placed the numbers under the Lowest and Highest columns, you will divide the lowest numbers in that category by the Master Category Key Numbers total of the category. The result will be the PERCENTAGE of NEED. If you are  just beginning your path to recovery, normally, the PERCENTAGE OF NEED percentages should be high. You should then concentrate on the high percentage statement on White’s statement sheet to move toward recovery.

Key Benefit: Once  you have categorized the statements you will be able to easily focus on “specific” assets.

Here are the categories and Master Category Key Numbers from the Recovery Capital scale:

Total number of Statements to answer is 35 and highest score by answering the statements is 175.

The Categories: The Recovery Capital Scale has been modified by William Reiley Butler and approved by William White. The statements are broken into six categories.

  • Occupational – attitudes about challenging work and career
  • Physical – your health, wellness, diet, and exercise
  • Emotional – management of feeling; recognition of the need for positive relationships, both intimate and family
  • Intellectual – you are thinking, problem-solving
  • Spiritual – need for spiritual recovery and practice of regular spiritual rituals
  • Social – active participation in a recovery community, the community at large, and service projects helping others

The categories help peers realize where more work needs to be done in specific areas of life improvement. It also allows the peer to see that improving one category will assist in increasing the score in another category because the statement is complementary to another statement in another categories.

Questions: What does breaking the Lowest Score tell us? How does it help?

Answer: Assuming a Case Manager is working with an individual, we now know “each” statement that can be looked at with the highest percentage of concerns. These are concerns that need to be addressed with the case manager. For each statement that is acted on, the higher the individual will progress on the Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment. Additionally, by improving the rating on any given statement, there may be a contributing effect on other categories. For example, by creating workable Transportation, an individual may get a job and hold it, thus improving the Financial and Self Motivation Categories. The Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment can be a valuable tool to recovery and a better quality of life.

Questions:  What does breaking out the Lowest Score tell us? How does it help?

Answer: By working with Recovery Capital (Assets) and Category Assessment, their percentage of the weak quality of life will turned around to become a strong foundation. Each month and year they measured themselves, which created positive reinforcement of their 11 Point Action Plan.

The Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment can be found in “Road to Homelessness – Highway to Recovery” on Amazon.

The book,  to Ho”Highway to Homelessness –  Road to Recovery will detail how an individual can progress.

Brian Masters (pen name for William Reiley Butler)

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