OT Interventions for People With Substance Use Disorders

Course Overview

3 CEUs.

Purchase access to the questionnaire on this open access journal article. You will be required to read the article and answer multiple choice questions related to the article (you must get 70% and above to qualify for the 3 CEUs).

Objectives of this course:

On completion of this CPD activity, the participant will be able to:
  1. Discuss the role of Occupational Therapy in addiction recovery.
  2. Give examples of commonly used occupational therapy intervention programmes in the categories of: single occupation focused interventions; skills based interventions and community based interventions.
  3. Draw out common principles of treatment that should be incorporated in Occupational Therapy Intervention in the context of Addiction recovery.
You have until 31st December 2023 to complete this task.




Ryan, D.A. and Boland, P. (2021), “A scoping review of occupational therapy interventions in the treatment of people with substance use disorders”, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 49 No. 2, pp. 104-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOT-11-2020-0017


Summary of the article:

This is a systematic review of the available literature exploring the occupational therapy role in addiction recovery and rehabilitation.

Studies from a variety of countries and different health service structures were included in this study. Treatment reviewed was divided into three themes which included: single occupation focused intervention, skills training and establishing a community-based sober routine.

This article provides a great starting point for accessing the literature in this field and provides a useful summary of interventions which could be incorporated into occupational therapy practice.

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Mia Prinsloo
Posted 6 months ago
Very Insightful Course

Highly recommend 🙂

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Zine Slabbert
Posted 8 months ago
A great overview of various OT interventions in addiction recovery

Very satisfying to have evidence based information on the importance of the role of OT in addiction recovery. Insightful to hear of other interventions which I could use and new ways that can be explored. Would love to read the follow-up research study on more OT interventions and OT roles in After-care programs. More details on the type of activities used is what I desire now.

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