According to Serenity Centre, the occupational therapy approach encourages clients’ sense of self-determination and promotes an active role for the person in working towards recovery.  Therefore, the service user becomes an active participant in the development of his or her own future.

Occupation is the term used to describe all the things that people do in everyday life, including caring for themselves and others, working, learning, hobbies and interests and interacting with other people.  Occupations form an important part of each person’s personal and social identities.

Occupation is central to the existence of individuals, groups and communities.  It is the mechanism by which people maintain themselves in the world and realise their potentials.

Maintaining an acceptable and personally satisfying routine of activities that have meaning and value for the individual gives a structure to time and creates a sense of purpose and direction to life.  Occupation is, therefore, essential for good mental health and wellbeing.

When a person is unable to engage in occupation, whether due to personal, social or environmental factors, the occupational therapist works with him or her to develop skills, challenge inequalities and promote social inclusion.  The value of occupational therapy is demonstrated in action.

Key areas:

  • The focus of OT service is to assist individuals whose addiction has impaired their ability to cope with activities of daily living (ADL’s). This may include:
  • Mental/physical health
  • Psychological
  • Social problems