Recovery and Spirituality

Recovery and Spirituality

Season 1, Episode 14

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

Guest(s): Dr. Kayliz Oakes: clinical psychologist, counselor, spiritual advocate

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Dr. Kayliz Oakes, who holds graduate degrees in clinical psychology and psycho-theological counseling, specializing in addiction. Beginning at 18:40, Dr. Oakes describes her personal spirituality and recovery journey. Additionally, the panel discusses the importance of community in recovery opposed to the isolation of addiction.

Topics Discussed

  • Concept of spiritual bankruptcy
  • Dr. Oakes’ spiritual and recovery journey
  • Addiction is something you have no control over
  • Role of grief in recovery
  • Ability of technology to create community in recovery
  • Purpose in life vs meaning of life


Key Quote(s)

  • “This powerful presence of spirituality within me has helped me to understand where I am, who I am, and what I am doing.” – Dr. Kayliz Oakes
  • “You have to appreciate yourself first, and that comes with sobriety.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “It was my being alone that brought the temptation of alcohol into my life.” – Dr. Kayliz Oakes
  • “Addiction is isolation, recovery is not in isolation…You need not do this 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.