Thoughts from Near and Afar

Thoughts from Near and Afar

Holiday Edition 2020, Week 2

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

Guest(s): Kristin Tierney: author, speaker, community advocate

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by author, speaker, and advocate Kristin Tierney. Tierney is based in Portland, OR and is the author of Cracked…Not Broken, a fascinating memoir detailing the devastating effects of drug addiction on her life and the lives of those around her. In this episode, Tierney shares her story of addiction and her thoughts on recovery.

Topics Discussed

  • Importance of a strong support network in recovery
  • Kristin’s addition and recovery story
  • Role of self-doubt in addiction
  • There is no one ‘right’ way to recovery
  • Mindfulness as a ‘one day at a time’ mindset 
  • Lessons learned from relapse


Key Quote(s)

  • “When you blow your life up into a million pieces, it’s hard to decide which piece to pick  up first.” – Kristin Tierney
  • “Everybody is an individual and everybody is going to have a different pathway to get them where they need to be.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “When we stop judging ourselves for what we consider a failure and start accepting it as part of the journey, we can look back at our failures as some of our biggest gifts.” – Kristin Tierney


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.