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Individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder often report feeling the desire to fill their time with meaning and that time they spent misusing substances was unfulfilling. This poster provides background on what a substance use disorder is and the effects it may have on a person's life. It also dives into the methods used to create, propose, and implement a creative expression group for homeless transitional-aged youth, 18-25, and an exercise group for individuals in recovery from SUD. Finally, this poster discusses the implications of implementing and maintaining programs occupational therapist lead programs in community mental health settings.

Publication Date

Summer 8-9-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


substance use disorder, occupational therapy, recovery, homeless youth

Medical Subject Headings

substance use disorder, homeless youth, feeling, exercise, occupational therapist


Occupational Therapy | Substance Abuse and Addiction


Poster presented at the Summer 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on August 2-9, 2023

Leisure Exploration for Individuals Recovering from Substance Use Disorder