Socializing and the Holiday

Socializing and the Holiday

Season 1, Episode 9

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

Guest(s): None

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team discusses the pressures associated with socializing around the holidays and offers suggestions to dealing with these situations. At 5:07, Dr. Force leads an interesting discussion on the merits of harm reduction versus abstinence-based recovery.

Topics Discussed

  • Historical context to drinking practices around holidays
  • Socialization vs isolation during the pandemic
  • Types of recovery approaches
  • Impact of addiction on families
  • Changing treatment paradigms for addiction
  • Silos in mental health and addiction treatment
  • Aging and addiction


Key Quote(s)

  • “In many traditions, the use of alcohol is embedded…we’re not here in any fashion to talk about tearing down the use of alcohol. What we’re really here to do is be present for individuals that are dealing with abuse.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “90% of [people with addiction issues] come from some mental health diagnosis or trauma in their life. People with mental health diagnoses, 40% of them have addiction issues. Just by saying that, we’re talking about putting things in silos … these are people with stuff. Everybody has stuff.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “Recovery in adulthood is different from recovery for the adolescent.” – 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.