Occupational Therapy for Alcohol Addiction

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with alcohol 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 alcohol 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 alcohol addiction in several ways:

1. Developing daily routines and structure: Occupational therapists help individuals establish daily routines and structure, which can be crucial for people in recovery. By engaging in meaningful activities and setting up a schedule, individuals can reduce idle time and boredom, preventing relapse and promoting stability.

2. Addressing underlying mental health issues: Substance abuse often co-occurs with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. Occupational therapists can help individuals identify and address these underlying issues through therapeutic activities, discussions, and coping strategies.

3. Developing healthy coping mechanisms: Alcohol addiction often stems from using alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, or other emotional difficulties. Occupational therapists can help individuals develop healthier coping mechanisms like exercise, art therapy, mindfulness, or engaging in hobbies that provide a sense of achievement and satisfaction.

4. Enhancing self-esteem and self-worth: Alcohol addiction can significantly impact an individual’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Occupational therapists work on improving self-esteem through meaningful activities and by helping individuals set achievable goals, fostering a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and positive self-identity.

5. Addressing occupational roles and relationships: Alcohol addiction can strain relationships and disrupt occupational roles such as being a parent, partner, or employee. Occupational therapists work on rebuilding these roles, improving communication skills, enhancing interpersonal relationships, and providing strategies to manage work-life balance effectively.

6. Providing relapse prevention strategies: Occupational therapists can educate individuals on identifying triggers, managing cravings, and developing relapse prevention strategies. They may also assist in building a support network through group therapy sessions, connecting individuals with support groups, and helping them establish healthy relationships.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to help individuals with alcohol addiction regain functional independence, improve emotional well-being, and develop healthier coping mechanisms to sustain long-term recovery.

Occupational therapy assessments for alcohol 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 alcohol 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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