Journey Pathway to Sobriety

Journey Pathway to Sobriety

Season 2, Episode 7

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

Guest(s): Rebecca Russo: Vice President of Marketing and Outreach at Journeys Outpatient Therapy Services in Toms River, New Jersey

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Rebecca Russo, yoga instructor and Vice president of Marketing and Outreach at Journeys Outpatient Therapy Services. Russo and Andrew O’Grady discuss the similarities between their respective mental health agencies and Elisa Gwilliam joins the discussion to emphasize the importance of movement in recovery. At 30:30, Russo shares some words of wisdom for individuals struggling with early sobriety during the pandemic.

Topics Discussed

  • Day in the life working in an outpatient service center
  • Importance of variety in recovery approaches
  • Power of movement in mental wellness and recovery
  • Intersections of addiction and mental health treatment
  • Changes in recovery treatment during the pandemic 
  • Holistic approaches


Key Quote(s)

  • “People, no matter what they’re going through or what their socioeconomic background is, movement helps make them realize where their body is. It helps them tune in to what they’re feeling and also allows you to bypass a lot of the mechanisms and thought cycles because you’re busy doing something else.” – Elisa Gwilliam
  • “[Mental health] is mind, body, soul. If one thing is out of whack the rest follows.” – Rebecca Russo
  • “I think we as a providing community really need to look at [the separate silos of mental health and addiction] differently and we really need to be cross-trained in everything to deal with these things as they come.” – 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.