Holidays…For All of Us!

Holidays…For All of Us!

Holiday Edition 2020, Week 1

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

Guest(s): None

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team returns from a brief hiatus to discuss addiction and recovery in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 holiday season. While these circumstances can lead to tremendous levels of isolation, the panel emphasizes that you are not alone in your recovery.

Topics Discussed

  • Pressures to drink/use during the holidays
  • Effects of COVID and changing political atmosphere on population mental health
  • Recovery as a day-by-day practice
  • Depression during the winter months
  • Alternative wellness methods (exercise, serotonin lamps, nutrition, etc)
  • Resources for mental health care in Dutchess County


Key Quote(s)

  • “Personally, I have referred more people to gymnasiums than I have to psychiatry. I don’t have anything against psychiatry, but not everything is a psychiatric emergency.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “The reason I love working at a not-for-profit is that we can be on the cutting edge. People need new options to get better.” – Andrew O’Grady


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.