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Building Recovery Capital With Treatment Court Clients

NDCI’s Dare to Dream Recovery Capital Worksheets are designed to assist treatment court practitioners as they help clients build recovery capital.

Recovery capital refers to the internal and external resources that can be drawn upon to initiate and sustain recovery from substance use disorder.

To build recovery capital, treatment court teams must motivate clients to dream of a different lifestyle and work with them to establish goals and learn problem-solving skills.

To better understand recovery capital, watch NADCP Chief of Training and Research Carolyn Hardin's dynamic RISE21 presentation, "Revisiting Phases Through the Recovery Capital Lens." You can also register to view an on-demand webinar presented by NADCP Director of Research Dr. Jacqueline van Wormer, "Recovery Capital and Treatment Courts: A New Approach to Improve Client Outcomes."

Using the Dare to Dream Recovery Capital Worksheets

These worksheets are designed serve as a blueprint for clients to identify where they want to be in the future. They are meant to be completed as a joint effort between the case manager, probation officer, and treatment provider working with each client.

Recovery capital worksheets can be used at any point during a client’s participation in treatment court and are not meant to be completed all at once. We encourage teams to introduce these worksheets in stages as clients become stabilized in treatment and begin learning about recovery.

The worksheets cover practical topics, including:

  1. Family
  2. Financial stability
  3. Housing
  4. Problem solving
  5. Health and wellness
  6. Prosocial activities
  7. Transportation