Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
The main purpose of this capstone project was to identify a potential occupational therapy role for the substance abuse and addiction population in residential treatment settings and advocate that role to various residential recovery programs.
A qualitative methods approach was used for this project that included direct observation and participant interviews. An observation chart tool was used to collect data and was later analyzed via thematic coding.
Occupational areas of leisure exploration and participation and social participation were found to be the two most common themes after data analysis. Other areas of occupation that were less prominent however still important to several participants were work exploration and education.
Occupational therapists' unique skill in address these particular ares of occupation will help to enhance recovery programs by assisting in meeting needs of participants. Further ares of research and project development will include a qualitative review of a larger population of individuals in addition to a case study following participants after completion of a residential recovery program.
Cruz, Tyler, "Identifying Occupational Therapy Role for Individuals in Substance Abuse and Addition Recovery Programs" (2019). Student Capstone Projects. 7.