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Using Occupational Therapy to Recover From Addiction

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Occupational TherapyWhen people think of recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, the focus is often on the person no longer these vices. To overcome an addiction, though, the behavior must be replaced by something else. Otherwise, the person will be tempted to return to the previous addiction. That is where occupational therapy can play such a vital part in addiction recovery.

When people develop an addiction, they start to spend less and less time doing productive activities and more and more time consumed by their addiction.

Occupational therapy can help the person to understand how to establish balance and find satisfaction in life. They also learn how to function without a dependence upon the drugs or alcohol that previous consumed their lives.

Of course, one of the keys to therapy working for those with addictions is finding activities that work well for that specific person. For example, while playing a word game with family and friends might work well for one person, it may only cause frustration for another individual. This is especially true for those who have suffered brain damage due to their severe addiction.

Often, the key to finding OT activities that work well for a specific person is to find things that are interesting while giving the person a feeling of self-worth. This might mean working on a project or goal the person has had for several years or trying a new hobby. While the task will likely not be easy, it should be obtainable.

Occupational therapy, such as knitting and donating a hat or helping to repair a neighbor's home, can be especially helpful. The person is achieving a goal while serving others, bringing meaning and purpose to the previous addict's life.

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