Entering treatment for substance abuse can be challenging. Without knowing what to expect, you may feel overwhelmed by the process. This is understandable – after all, your mind, body, and spirit will be growing and changing over time while you focus on your recovery. Occupational therapy is designed to assist you with this process. According to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, occupational therapists are there to help you identify strengths, values, interests, resources, and challenges to help you implement plans for recovery.
Having an addiction often means everyday tasks go undone – this can cause disruptions in a person’s relationships, financial situations, daily household obligations, hygiene, and more. To get back on track, an occupational therapist will help you get back into the routine of things, by encouraging the implementation of new strategies and new ways of thinking and doing.
For example, occupational therapy may provide you with pain management techniques if you are currently experiencing a lot of physical pain. You may learn some stress management techniques, including stretching, breathing, meditation, guided imagery, and more. If you have difficulty coping with life stressors, an occupational therapist will work with you to help you shift your perspective to better manage a crisis. Overall, occupational therapists help you to find long-term solutions for achieving health. The following is a list of overall benefits to having an occupational therapist:
- Get excited again about your life by working towards bettering yourself
- Plan, initiate, and track long and short-term goals to track your progress
- Replace unhealthy activities with healthy, meaningful ones
- Identify activities that were once important to you and work towards getting back into them
- Discuss and identify the negative aspects that substance abuse has brought to your life
- Establish more meaningful patterns of time-use and create opportunities for enhanced awareness and self-discovery
Occupational therapy provides you the opportunity to work towards building a life that you can be happy with – a life that is centered around connections, participations, meaning, love, joy, and more. Know that with an occupational therapist, you can see the hard work and progress you’ve made as you continue to work hard in your journey to recovery.
Located in Orange County, CA, Simple Recovery is a world-renowned drug and alcohol treatment center that believes that recovery is a process, not a destination. Our Simple Recovery programs include a variety of resources such as relapse prevention and support, group and individual therapy, vocational and educational programming, and more. If you’re in search of freedom from addiction, call us today at 888-743-0490. Recovery is possible.