Title: A Comparative Study of Two Recovery Capital Tools: Assessing Validity in a Hospital Setting with Patients Recovering from Alcohol and Other Drug use

Study completed: 2012
Researcher: Katarina Rakovska
Supervisor: Dr Helen Correia
Ethics approval Number: 2012/085


Recovery Capital (RC) refers to all the resources that aid and facilitate individuals with Alochol and Other Drug (AOD) problems in their recovery. Long-term recovery can be predicted based on assessment of strengths rather than pathologies. It has also been suggested that RC and problem severity together will determine the nature and duration of any treatment and support needed to achieve recovery. Individuals with larger amounts of RC are thought to require fewer interventions and less intrusive forms of treatment.

This Study

The purpose of this study was to evaluate two measures of recovery capital, a clinician-rated recovery measure Clinician Recovery Capital Measure (CRCM) and a patient self-report measure Assessment of Recovery Capital (ARC), by assessing their validity. Data was collected from an inpatient clinical setting, from patients who presented for drug and alcohol, and/or a mental health treatment, and their clinicians (psychologists, psychiatrists or addiction specialists). The extent to which these measures predicted psychological distress and current functioning was also investigated.

Findings and Implications

There was a significant small to medium positive relationship between the two measures as a whole, as well as between subscales of each measure that focused on Human Capital (eg knowledge, skills, health). In addition, only the self-report ARC measure significantly predicted current psychological distress. Close inspection of the measures indicated a number of theoretical and methodological differences between the measures that may be responsible for the small correlations. Future research and development of both measures is needed before any of them is brought to use in an in-patient hospital setting.