Taste of Recovery

Taste of Recovery

Season 2, Episode 10

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

Guest(s): Breezy Nowlan: founder and CEO of Taste Recovery based in Los Angeles, California

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Breezy Nowlan, the founder and CEO of Taste Recovery, a nationwide sober living directory platform. Nowlan shares her personal experience in recovery, rehabilitation and sober living and describes how this experience inspired her to create a free and easily accessible network of high-quality sober living facilities. At 23:00, Nowlan and Andrew O’Grady discuss the importance of treating addiction and trauma simultaneously instead of separately.

Topics Discussed

  • Breezy Nowlan’s journey through recovery and into the recovery field
  • Difficulties with corrupt sober living facilities
  • Outline and mission of Taste Recovery
  • Intersections of addiction and PTSD
  • Importance of treating addiction and trauma together
  • Alcoholism as a disease instead of a character flaw


Key Quote(s)

  • “When I finally got sober, I think that’s when people were definitely like ‘oh wow, you’re really different, I didn’t realize how miserable you were before and how much of a light has come back on since getting sober.’” – Breezy Nowlan
  • “We’ve got to get to a place where we’re really focusing on the whole person and dealing with all of it [addiction and trauma together], not just one or the other.” – 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.