Conceptualizing recovery capital: expansion of a theoretical construct

Subst Use Misuse. 2008;43(12-13):1971-86. doi: 10.1080/10826080802289762.


In order to capture key personal and social resources individuals are able to access in their efforts to overcome substance misuse, we introduced the construct of recovery capital into the literature. The purpose of this paper is to further explore the construct and include discussions of implications unexplored in our previous writings. In this paper we reveal the relationship between access to large amounts of recovery capital and substance misuse maintenance and introduce the concept of negative recovery capital. In doing so, we examine the relationships between negative recovery capital and gender, age, health, mental health, and incarceration.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Mental Health
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Policy Making
  • Prisons
  • Sex Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy
  • Treatment Outcome