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Mentor Peers. Monitor Progress. Measure Outcomes.

Recovery Outcomes Institute 

Recovery Research, Training, Consultancy, Evaluation, and Innovation

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Who we are

Welcome to ROI, a non-profit recovery capital science consultancy dedicated to accelerating positive change in addiction recovery. With a focus on supporting the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, we offer integrated research, evaluation, training, and capacity-building services. Our mission is to empower recovery-focused organizations and individuals on their journey toward sustained recovery. Through scientific research and evidence-based initiatives, we aim to shorten addiction careers by promoting and furthering the development of recovery capital and supporting individuals in their recovery journeys.

A little about us 

At the heart of our work is the concept of recovery capital, and the REC-CAP assessment which was developed by David Best, Ph.D. The original use of the term ‘recovery capital’ is generally attributed to two eminent American academics Robert Granfield and William Cloud who defined it as the breadth and depth of internal and external resources available to support someone in their recovery journey. Recovery capital refers to the resources and assets that individuals and communities can draw upon to support their recovery journeys. These resources can include social, personal, and community capital which are crucial in helping individuals build resilience and capacity for stable recovery.

We believe that peer organizations are critical to building recovery capital and supporting individuals in their recovery journeys. Peer organizations are groups of people who share a common experience, such as recovery, and who come together to support one another. These organizations can provide a sense of community and belonging, as well as practical support and resources.

Through our work, we strive to support and empower peer organizations, and individual peers to give back as a key part of their recovery journey. We aim to create accessible and effective resources that can help individuals build greater resilience and capacity for sustained recovery. We are happy to collaborate with various professionals and diverse types including recovery housing, recovery community organizations or centers, prisons, and other justice organizations. Some of the initiatives that we are involved in include:


  • Supporting research on recovery capital and peer organizations

  • Providing training and support of best practices that support recovery-focused organizations and individuals.

  • Developing and disseminating evidence-based innovations including new measurements


We believe that recovery is possible for everyone, and that with the right support and resources, individuals can build a life in recovery that is fulfilling and meaningful. We are committed to working towards this vision and invite you to join us in this important work.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a world in which recovery capital is widely understood, supported, and utilized across a broad range of recovery support services. We believe that all individuals should have access to the resources and networks necessary to develop the capacity they need to support their own success in sustainable recovery over time. Through the promotion of research into peer organizations growing recovery capital, we seek to create an environment where individuals can find the strength, support and guidance needed to live meaningful lives in recovery

Our Mission

To empower recovery focused organizations, and people in the recovery process, by promoting and supporting scientific research surrounding peer organizations that build recovery capital. We strive to develop and implement evidence-based initiatives for supporting people in their recovery journeys, with a particular focus on creating accessible and effective resources to support them in building greater resilience and capacity for sustained recovery


Recent News

Want to stay informed about Recovery Capital initiatives world-wide? Check out the blog by our very own David Best, Ph.D.


Build Recovery Capital

How do you or your organization build recovery capital now? How do you evidence it? Learn more about how we can help. 

20,000+ Completed REC-CAP ASSESSMENTS

350+ Organizations using REC-CAP 

The REC-CAP is used in the US, UK, Canada, and New Zealand

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