INTERSECTIONS: Program Without Boundaries

INTERSECTIONS: Program Without Boundaries

Season 2, Episode 17

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


Jim Ball: CRPA, CASAC-T, Director of Peer Services at MHA-Dutchess, NOAAR co-founder

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

Jim Ball and Dave Brinkerhoff join the INTERSECTIONS Exchange team to discuss INTERSECTIONS: A Program Without Boundaries and the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR). In addition to providing an overview of these organizations, the guest speakers share the importance of peer support in recovery and exciting ne directions in the addiction and mental health fields.

Topics Discussed

  • Theory of dimensionality
  • Need for recovery services in the United States
  • Self-care in recovery
  • Overview of INTERSECTIONS: A Program Without Boundaries
  • Portable and accessible care
  • Different approaches to holistic treatment and recovery
  • Importance of peer support in the recovery process


Key Quote(s)

  • “Recover is really about achieving our goals and living more independently, and self-care is a great pathway for that.” – Jim Ball
  • “Addiction is alone; recovery is never alone. You don’t have to do this alone.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “We have to learn and adjust and try new things. This theory of dimensionality is another tool, and another path for somebody to have. This intervention will not be perfect for most people, they’ll want to go the AA route. But there’s going to be other people who the AA route is not for them, and this will be.” – 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.