Occupational Therapy for Addiction

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with addiction. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with addiction?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with addiction in several ways:

1. Identification of Triggers and Coping Strategies: Occupational therapists can help individuals identify triggers or situations that lead to substance use and develop alternative coping strategies. They teach practical skills to manage stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions, reducing the risk of relapse.

2. Time Management and Routine Building: One of the essential aspects of occupational therapy is helping individuals establish structured routines and manage their time effectively. This can help individuals in recovery fill their days with meaningful activities and establish healthy habits, preventing boredom and idle time that may lead to substance use.

3. Engagement in Productive Activities: Occupational therapists work with individuals to identify meaningful and purposeful activities like work, hobbies, volunteer work, or educational pursuits. Engaging in productive activities provides a sense of purpose, boosts self-esteem, and helps individuals in recovery regain their identity beyond addiction.

4. Developing Life Skills: Occupational therapists focus on improving functional skills necessary for everyday life. This includes areas such as self-care, financial management, communication, problem-solving, and decision-making. Enhancing these skills helps individuals regain independence and confidence, reducing the likelihood of relapse.

5. Social Support and Reintegration: Occupational therapists facilitate individual and group therapy sessions to address the social and interpersonal challenges individuals with addiction may face. They help individuals rebuild their social networks, develop healthy relationships, and reintegrate into the community, promoting a supportive and drug-free environment.

6. Relapse Prevention: Occupational therapists equip individuals in recovery with strategies and tools for relapse prevention. They assist in developing a relapse prevention plan, teaching individuals how to identify warning signs and effectively manage cravings, stress, and other challenges. These skills help individuals navigate potential triggers and maintain their sobriety.

Overall, occupational therapy works holistically to address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction, assisting individuals in their recovery journey and helping them regain control of their lives.

Occupational therapy assessments for addiction

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with addiction in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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