Developing recovery capital in substance use rehabilitation: implications for policy and practice

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Boxing Clever: evaluation of a community based inter-agency education and fitness substance use intervention program

Sarah Morton PhD

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

University College Dublin

Laura O’Reilly PhD

Urrus, Ballymun Youth Action Project, Dublin

Karl O’Brien

Ballymun Youth Action Project, Dublin

Two key concepts

Recovery capital

  • Combination of physical, human, social and cultural capital -widened to consider the process by which individuals engage in change in relation to their use (Laudet, 2001; White, 2007; Munton et al., 2015).
  • Little attention to either role of education, fitness or both.


    • Characterised by polarities and contradictions: exclusions and opportunity; discipline and excess; resilience and injury; violence and control (Woodward, 2004:5).
    • Wright (2008) argues boxing with young people in disadvantaged areas “takes the familiar experience of fighting they already identify with and sanction it, control it, structure it, refine it, harness it, give ownership of it, and turn it into an art form to be valued and respected.” (150).

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