Occupational Therapy for Drug Addiction

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

1. Structure and Routine: Occupational therapy helps individuals establish daily routines and structures, reducing the risk of relapse associated with an unstructured lifestyle. By engaging in meaningful activities, individuals can experience a sense of purpose and accomplishment, which can help them maintain sobriety.

2. Identification of Triggers: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to identify triggers that lead to substance abuse. By recognizing high-risk situations, therapists can help develop coping strategies and alternative activities to manage cravings and avoid relapse.

3. Replacement Activities: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in finding healthy and positive activities to replace their drug use. They can help individuals explore new hobbies, interests, or employment opportunities, fostering a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment that can replace the desire for drugs.

4. Emotional Regulation: Drug addiction often stems from underlying mental health issues. Occupational therapists can provide strategies for emotional regulation, stress management, and coping skills, allowing individuals to deal with their emotions in healthier ways without resorting to substance abuse.

5. Social Support and Skills: Occupational therapists help individuals rebuild social connections and relationships that may have been damaged due to drug addiction. They can facilitate group therapy sessions that promote communication, trust-building, and effective interpersonal skills, enabling individuals to create a supportive network.

6. Skill Development: Substance abuse can often lead to a decline in functional abilities and daily life skills. Occupational therapists can help individuals regain these skills by providing training in areas such as self-care, work-related tasks, budgeting, and time management, enhancing their overall independence and self-esteem.

7. Relapse Prevention: Occupational therapists can educate individuals about relapse prevention strategies, including identifying early warning signs, creating relapse prevention plans, and developing problem-solving skills. These interventions help individuals remain focused on their recovery and can prevent a relapse.

Overall, occupational therapy provides a holistic approach to addressing the physical, emotional, and social aspects of drug addiction, helping individuals reintegrate into society, improve their overall well-being, and maintain long-term recovery.

Occupational therapy assessments for drug 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 drug 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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