Recovery Capital for Substance Use Disorder: Assets, not Abstinence
An ACDE Series Webinar

Course Description:

What do people need to recover from addiction?
The purpose of this workshop is to describe recovery capital as a predictor of long-term addiction recovery. In part one, we begin by characterizing substance use disorder (SUD) as a chronic condition. In part two, we lean into the complexity of the heterogeneity of SUD and recovery as a process of change. Finally, in part three, we focus on building community recovery capital to promote recovery in our communities

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define addiction as a chronic disorder.
  2. Explain recovery as a process of change.
  3. Describe the importance of recovery capital in sustaining recovery.
  4. Explain prosocial activity as recovery support.

Meet the Speaker: Dr. Alex Elswick

Alex Elswick, BA, MS, PhD, joined the Department of Family Sciences in 2020 as an Assistant Extension Professor for Substance Use Prevention and Recovery.  He began his journey with the department as a graduate student in 2015, where he earned his Masters and PhD and later served Family and Consumer Sciences Extension as an Extension Associate and as an Extension Specialist.  Using this experience, Dr. Elswick’s Extension emphasis focuses on equipping Extension to build recovery capital in the community.  Dr. Elswick’s research agenda examines long-term recovery from substance use disorder.  In particular, much of his research examines recovery capital, an assets-based approach to understanding addiction recovery.  As co-founder of a Lexington-based non-profit organization called Voices of Hope, Dr. Elswick is a tireless advocate for people with substance use disorder.  He works to promote long-term recovery by providing education in the community, reducing stigma, and studying the effectiveness of recovery support services.  His professional experience, non-profit work, and research agenda all focus on long-term recovery.  But most importantly, Alex is himself a person in long-term recovery from the chronic disease of addiction.

Registration Information

  • Zoom Webinar
  • Lecture
  • 2.0 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $69

Hosting University

  • University of Kentucky
  • CE contact name & email: Pam Calvert,
  • Speaker name & contact info: Dr. Alex Elswick,

WEBINAR CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel their registration no later than 48 hours before the course starting date/time. A 50% refund will be issued to registrants who cancel 48-24 hours before the course starting date/time. No refunds will be issued for registrants who does not login to the webinar or who cancels within 24 hours of the course starting date/time. Participants may phone the Continuing Education office to cancel, but a written request which includes the name and phone number of the person who paid for the course must be received by our office before a refund can be processed. This request can be emailed to