You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Season 1, Episode 15

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

Guest(s): None

In the last episode of season one of the INTERSECTIONS Policy, Program, and Practice Exchange (IPPPE) podcast, the team reflects on the discussions that they have led and reviews many of the points that have been highlighted throughout the season. As the holiday season approaches, the team emphasizes that no one is alone in their recovery.

Topics Discussed

  • Dimensional solution-based treatment
  • History of MHA and addiction recovery centers in Dutchess County
  • Review of INTERSECTIONS program
  • Hudson River Psychiatric Center as an example of “tearing down walls” in healthcare
  • MHA National bell as a symbol of psychiatric treatment moving away from traumatic practices
  • Isolation in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Recap of IPPPE season one episodes and guests


Key Quote(s)

  • “I wish we could get to a place where we can improve access to care instead of just tearing it all down” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “Families tend to recover slower than individuals.” – 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.