The Role the Community Plays: Local History of Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

The Role the Community Plays: Local History of Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Season 1, Episode 3

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

Guest(s): Dave Brinkerhoff: president of the board of Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC) Foundation, NOAAR co-founder

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team speaks with president of the board of Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC) Foundation and NOAAR co-founder Dave Brinkerhoff about the role of community in addiction treatment. Brinkerhoff also discusses the history of addiction treatment and the strides that have been made to diversify and individualize recovery programs.

Topics Discussed

  • Historical landscape of addiction treatment locally and nationally
  • History of recovery houses in the Hudson Valley
  • MHA-Dutchess merger with the MARC Foundation
  • Treating addiction in older adults
  • Fighting the stigma around addiction
  • Integration of wellness and healing approaches (movement, nutrition, spirituality, mindfulness, etc.) in recovery
  • Outline of INTERSECTIONS: A Day Program Without Walls


Key Quote(s)

  • “What we provide is a roadmap…we are letting people drive their own destiny [in their recovery], rather than us driving their destiny whether they like it or not.” – Dave Brinkerhoff
  • “We really want to look at every single person that comes in our residences and in our programs and look at them as an individual because what works for A, might not work for B.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “It’s not a question of growing up; it’s a question of growing in and growing out.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “You can’t have health without mental health.” – 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.