Addiction, Recovery, and Wellness in a Post-COVID World, Part 1

Addiction, Recovery, and Wellness in a Post-COVID World, Part 1

Season 1, Episode 1

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam

Guest(s): None

Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady and moderator Elisa Gwilliam introduce the goals of the INTERSECTIONS Exchange podcast series and discuss the benefits of self-care and dimensional solution-based programming for mental health and substance abuse care.

Topics Discussed

  • Origins of NOAAR; difference in interventions for adolescents and aging adults
  • COVID experience brought to light the importance of technology in MH care
  • MHA-Dutchess merger with the Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Center (MARC) organization
  • Theory of dimensionality; dimensional solution-based treatment
  • Breaking down silos in the mental health field


Key Quote(s)

  • “I tell all my patients…I can’t fix you, and the reason I can’t fix you is because you’re not broken. We all have stuff.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “There’s two things you bring into a family’s life, your heart and technology. If you can only bring one, you bring your heart.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “Our [INTERSECTIONS] program is not silo-driven and it’s not stigma-based” – Dr. Larry Force
  • MHA Mission Statement: “To make the Hudson Valley a place where anyone can get access to the full spectrum of mental health and addiction services they need, without jumping through unnecessary hoops.”


INTERSECTIONS is an innovative, peer delivered, modular self-care program developed by the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

Addiction, chronic illness, and mental health are dimensions in our lives that isolate us. They isolate us from ourselves, from others, and from our spirit. INTERSECTIONS helps us connect and reconnect to reach our full potential.

INTERSECTIONS promotes the reduction of reoccurrence, improved maintenance of recovery plans, and success within family systems and the community.

Modules include:

  • Orientation
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Visions and Goals
  • Spirituality

INTERSECTIONS is based on a theoretical orientation called The Theory of Dimensionality and is rooted in a Practice-Based Intervention, Dimensional Solution Based Treatment (DSBT).

“We cannot fix you because you are not broken … everybody has stuff. We are all in Recovery from something.”

About MHA Dutchess County

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • …and much, much more.