Measuring Recovery Capital

In this episode, we meet David Whitesock, who shares his story of addiction and recovery, and how his journey led him to develop the Recovery Capital Index, a useful tool for measuring recovery capital.

Key points and topics discussed 

  • Dave’s story of addiction and recovery.
  • How studying architecture influenced the development of the Recovery Capital Index.
  • Dave’s recovery plan.
  • Forming Face It Together.
  • Understanding Recovery Capital.
  • Poverty’s effect on addiction and Recovery Capital.
  • How the Recovery Capital Index was developed.
  • How Recovery Capital is measured.
  • How the Recovery Capital Index is used.

Memorable quotes 

Not unlike most people who struggle with addiction, I sort of meandered towards a place finding alcohol being a solution to a problem. I had strong anxiety, deep anxiety, depression. I really didn’t have a definition for that as a teenager and as a young adult in college, but very quickly I found that I wasn’t able to deal with alcohol at all. — David

When you start to think about how our lives are constructed, there is some sort of design there. That’s what architects do. They look at the environment, they see what will implicate or influence what you put in a space, and then they kind of build into that or build around it. We do that in our human lives. — David 

So, he walked over to my desk and he said, “You have thirty days to figure out how to measure addiction recovery.” – David 


William White’s Primer on Recovery Capital 

Recovery Capital Index 

Faces & Voices of Recovery 

Commonly Well

David Whitesock’s TED Talk 

David Whitesock | Solving Addiction Video