The 2010 Drug Strategy states that:

Recovery involves three overarching principles– wellbeing, citizenship, and freedom from dependence. It is an individual, person-centred journey, as opposed to an end state, and one that will mean different things to different people. We must therefore, put the individual at the heart of any recovery system and commission a range of services at the local level to provide tailored packages of care and support. This means that local services must take account of the diverse needs of their community when commissioning services.

One of the best predictors of recovery being sustained is an individual’s ‘recovery capital’ – the resources necessary to start, and sustain recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. These are:

Social capital – the resource a person has from their relationships (e.g. family, partners, children, friends and peers). This includes both support received, and commitment and obligations resulting from relationships;

Physical capital – such as money and a safe place to live;

Human capital – skills, mental and physical health, and a job; and

Cultural capital –values, beliefs and attitudes held by the individual.

We will support services to work with individuals to draw on this capital in their recovery journey.