Lessons Learned from COVID

Lessons Learned from COVID

Holiday Edition 2020, Week 4

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

Guest(s): None

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team looks back on the impacts of COVID on society and the lessons that can be learned from this shared experience. Throughout the podcast, Andrew O’Grady and Dr. Force discuss some positive impacts of the pandemic, such as the leveraging of technology to make healthcare more accessible.

Topics Discussed

  • Recovery interventions differ based on individuals’ ages
  • Strategies to address social isolation
  • Role of technology in the pandemic and recovery
  • The “COVID-izing” of behavior
  • Heightened anxiety between family members during the pandemic
  •  Efficacy of the “aging network”


Key Quote(s)

  • “We’ve learned how to leverage technology, we’ve learned how to socially distance and we’ve all had to adjust…and when this all goes away I hope that the ability to leverage this technology remains” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “Public policy is like a pendulum, it either goes on one end or it swings to the other. When they were built, these [mental health] institutions were all run by MDs. Now they’re run my MBAs. The pendulum has gone all the way in the other direction.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “We’ve all been COVID-ized, and there are lessons we can learn, but here’s the major lesson: you do not have to do it alone.” – Dr. Larry Force


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.