At Brynawel we recognise that a sixteen week stay only represents one small stage within a much longer recovery process. In light of this we dedicate time each week to recovery development and the incorporation of our services into a longer-term recovery framework.
To us it is apparent that the term ‘recovery’ represents much more than just ceasing to drink or take drugs. It is more about being a process by which an individual is enabled to move from their problem alcohol or drug use towards an alcohol or drug-free lifestyle as an active and contributing member of society.
For the past six years at Brynawel we have adopted and adapted an approach originated by Dr David Best, namely his Assessment of Recovery Capital model, which breaks recovery down into ten component personal and pro-social areas of “capital” that can be measured across a client’s long-term recovery journey. These component aspects of inherent client capital are as follows;
The impact on this recovery model on our current treatment process has been immense, as Best puts it “one of the key objectives of the transition to a recovery model, and one of the main objectives of recovery interventions, is to focus on enabling clients to build their recovery capital and to develop the resources that will not only enable them to become substance free but also to develop and grow”.
Upon consultation with Dr David Best in May 2010, permission was granted for one of our therapists to undertake a MA research project into the pilot implementation of Best’s Assessment of Recovery Capital (ARC) tool at Brynawel. Permission was also granted for us to adapt the ARC from a static picture of a client’s current recovery state to a longer-term representation of a client recovery journey (see figures 1 and 2).