The Power of Lived Experience

The Power of Lived Experience

Season 2, Episode 11

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Elisa Gwilliam

Guest(s): Vance Larson: case manager, life coach

Curtis Paul: Executive Director of Recovery Resources Center based in Salisbury, Maryland

Dr. Larry Force is joined by life coach Vance Larson and Executive Director of Recovery Resource Center Curtis Paul to discuss changes in the recovery community. Additionally, the panel discusses the importance of honesty and celebration in recovery and the power of hope transmitted through the sharing of recovery stories. 

Topics Discussed

  • Overview of the Recovery Resource Center and resources provided
  • Importance of celebration in recovery
  • Peer support in recovery
  • Curtis Paul’s journey to the recovery field
  • Addiction and recovery-based communities
  • Importance of ‘tearing down walls’ and sharing your story to give others hope in recovery
  • Value of digital mental health support


Key Quote(s)

  • “Whatever we can provide to the community to build our recovery network and build that support network and that support system to help people be more successful, that’s what we’re here for.” – Curtis Paul
  • “Whether we are trying to not face reality, whether we are trying to suppress what happened to us, whether we are just trying to get through life and not feel, [in terms of treating this trauma], tearing down the old way of mental health? I love that concept.” – Vance Larson
  • “The thing that we know is the power of lived experience…it’s a gift.” – 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.