Authentic Leadership shares characteristics and traits with individuals who are in recovery from a substance use disorder and works towards building Recovery Capital. Leadership roles have been new to the recovery field, in order to impact policies in the local, state, and federal space due to the ongoing public health crisis of opioid use disorders overdoses and deaths. We see many step out of their role of maintaining their anonymity into the public space to provide leadership related to decreasing the number of deaths related to opioid use in America. These new leadership roles align with Authentic Leadership traits and work to build Recovery Capital, based on Social Capital principles. The three topics intersect in this project but continue to be siloed in the literature. This study seeks to draw the three topics together for future study and review. Leadership is at the heart of sobriety and Recovery Capital.

Project Type


College or School

College of Professional Studies Granite Division

Program or Major



Spring 2019

MSLD_Silvey_Melissa_Capstone_Paper.pdf (5373 kB)
Capstone Paper