Recovery and Strength-Based Approaches



The current focus in substance-use treatment is primarily on achieving reductions in problematic drug and alcohol use, and ultimately abstinence in those who can achieve it; reduced offending behaviour; and improved general health, reintegration with education, training, employment, housing and other services.

In recent years, the substance-use field has been very preoccupied with reducing the negative effects of substance use, and especially its effect on criminal behaviours, at the expense of enhacing the positive aspects such as building a satisfying and meaningful life.

The development of recovery-based services places as much emphasis on the people-skills that staff possess and promotes ways of working with services users which they themselves say help their recovery, such as active listening and respect for choice. To maximise the potential for recovery, individuals need to be supported to define their own goals. The role of practitioners is therefore to help clients to identify these goals and achieve them in ways that they find meaningful.


Strength-Based Approaches


Strength or asset-based approaches focus on the skills and resources that a person has. These strategies take a more optimistic approach to exploring the client’s problems that does not immediately focus on discussion and assessment of deficits.

In this way it is a more 'possibility-centric', rather than 'problem-centric' approach. This is seen as a more empowering way to support people that increases choice and builds hope and self-efficacy.



Training Overview

This course can cover topics such as:

  • What is 'Recovery'?
  • Strength-based assessment
  • Asset-based apporaches
  • Building 'Recovery Capital'
  • Strategies to motivate, engage and retain clients
  • Promoting, negotiating and agreeing recovery-oriented goals and outcomes
  • Tools, strategies and approaches that promote recovery
  • The roles of other agencies in the process of recovery

Suitable for:
Anyone working with drug or alcohol users who wishes to improve the 'Recovery Focus' of their practice.

One Day

Prior Knowledge:
Previous experience of work with drug or alcohol users would be advantageous, though not essential.

All training packages are mapped to the relevant National Occupational Standards


All training packages include a certificate of training for participants and a comprehensive participant's pack that can be customised to include your details.

Although Soma is based in Lancashire, in the North West of England, we deliver drug and alcohol awareness training across England, Scotland and Wales.