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Dawn Farm Education Series: Intervention!

April 21, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Love First

Intervention can be a highly effective technique for initiating the recovery process in individuals suffering from chemical dependency. Through the intervention process, people who care can learn how to use love and honesty to break through the fear and denial that keeps a person with addiction locked in the downward spiral of his/her disease and create a moment of clarity that allows a person with addiction to accept help. This program will describe how the “Love First” process of Intervention can help chemically dependent people find recovery. Key elements of the “Love First” intervention model developed by Jeff and Debra Jay will be discussed. This program by dynamic, highly experienced speakers will bring PRACTICAL INFORMATION, HELP and HOPE to anyone who cares about a chemically dependent person, and to anyone who wants to learn more about the intervention process from the people who literally “wrote the book” about Intervention.

N.B. There will be a free book signing after the presentation!

Handouts: Intervention April 2015 & Intervention Presentation Slides 2015

Distance CE: If you are unable to attend and want MCBAP CE credit, distance CE credits are available for a small fee at

Related reading suggestions:

Love First Web site.

Book:  “It Takes A Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety

Book: “Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention.”

Book: “Aging and Addiction.”

Book: “No More Letting Go.”

Book: “At Wit’s End.






About the presenters:

Debra Jay

Debra JayDebra Jay is a noted author, lecturer and interventionist. She is the co-author of the best-selling book “Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention” (Hazelden;) “Aging and Addiction” (Hazelden,) and the author of “It Takes A Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety” (Hazelden;) and “No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” (Bantam).

Debra worked for the Hazelden Foundation as an inpatient addiction therapist on both men’s and women’s units in primary care. She facilitated the family program, coordinated the older adult program, and worked in the extended care, aftercare and outpatient programs. She designed an outpatient family program. She also supervised the women’s unit. She has worked as a clinical interventionist since 1996.

Debra is a guest lecturer at Wayne State University for graduate-level studies on substance abuse. She is a trustee of the Care Continuum Board of St. John Providence Health System and is a member of the Clinical Care Team. She was honored at the 54th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner and received the Sister Letitia Close Award, which recognized her efforts in helping women affected by the disease of addiction.

Debra Jay appeared frequently on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been seen most recently on The Dr. Oz Show. She is a nationally recognized public speaker and writes a newspaper column on alcohol and drug addiction. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Hazelden School of Addiction Studies. She is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course on Public Speaking.

Jeff Jay

Jeff Jay

Jeff Jay is a clinical interventionist, educator and author. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a certified addictions professional. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and in professional journals. He has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and on the boards of directors for several professional organizations.

Jeff is the co-author of “Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” (Hazelden) and co-author of “At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness,” a book on dual disorders published in April 2007 by Hazelden. He heads a national private practice that provides intervention and recovery mentoring services. He is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center.


April 21, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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