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Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family

November 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Book sale/signing after the presentation


ittakesafamilyLove FirstAddiction is often described as a “family disease” – but up until now, families have been mostly left out of the recovery equation. Involved, supportive families play a critical role in the recovery process, from initiation through long-term recovery. Through extensive work in intervention and family recovery, Debra Jay has developed highly effective, detailed Intervention and Structured Family Recovery™ processes that unlock the secrets of lasting sobriety – techniques that help addicted physicians attain lasting recovery – and make them available to families. The intervention process starts with a concerned family and the Structured Family Recovery™ process ends with a family recovery team that maximizes the potential for a successful outcome for all involved. This presentation will describe how to do an intervention and how to build a recovery team.  The presentation will provide practical, helpful, hopeful information about intervention and family recovery that will both revolutionize recovery and bring recovery back to its roots. Jeff and Debra Jay are dynamic, highly experienced speakers  whose materials are liberally interwoven with compassion, humor, personal stories and real-life descriptions.

Handout: Intervention to durable recovery November 2016

Video, 2017 

Related reading suggestions:

Love First web site.

Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay.

It Takes A Family by Debra Jay.

About the presenters:

Jeff Jay

Jeff Jay Pic

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

“I am passionate about intervention for a very simple reason,” says Jeff. “Intervention saved my life.”

Jeff is the coauthor of the best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, (2nd Ed., Hazelden, 2008). His new book from Hazelden is: Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption. He is also co-author of At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness.

He heads a national private practice that provides intervention and mentoring services, along with Structured Family Recovery™. He is is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. He currently serves on the advisory board of Jefferson House, in Detroit, Michigan. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981.

Debra Jay

Debra Jay appeared frequently on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a noted author, lecturer and interventionist. She has been seen most recently on The Dr. Oz Show.

Debra is author of It Takes a Family, (Hazelden, 2014), the guide to Structured Family Recovery™.  She is also the author of No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Bantam). She is coauthor of the books Love First and Aging and Addiction (Hazelden).

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.

She 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.

Debra Jay 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.



November 21, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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