Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
Seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder is a major step toward reclaiming your life and ensuring a brighter future. Those who have battled substance use disorders often find that they require some assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, financial education, and shopping. Others who experience challenges to their rehabilitation such as illness, injury, or surgery may also require help with ADL.
What are ADLs?
“ADLs (activities of daily living): The things we normally do in daily living including any daily activity we perform for self-care such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure. The ability or inability to perform ADLs can be used as a very practical measure of ability/disability in many disorders.”
Some residential rehabilitation programs may offer assistance with daily living activities in addition to the therapy and rehabilitation services provided. In other cases, a person who is in treatment for a substance use disorder may need to ask friends or family for help with ADL while they get back on their feet. It is not uncommon for recovering addicts to lack some necessary life skills. Individuals can often find help with ADL through social and peer support groups and through substance use treatment programs.
ADL Help for Older Adults
For older adults recovering from a substance use disorder who require help to either get back on their feet following substance use treatment or find they need help during a surgery or illness, there are a number of resources available to help including:
- In-home care usually provided by a local agency that will help with housekeeping, cooking, laundry, bathing, etc.
- Visiting nurse services (http://www.vnfw.org/)
- Assisted living for seniors