Clinical Interventionists

Jeff JayJeff Jay is a clinical interventionist and co-author of Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention (with Debra Jay). He has been working full time in the alcohol and drug treatment field since 1986, including work for the Hazelden Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Addictions Professional and a Certified Intervention Professional. He has appeared as an expert on CNN, PBS, and the Jane Pauley Show. He also serves on the board of the Association of Intervention Specialists. His latest book is Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption.


Jeff specializes in difficult and complex interventions, including those complicated by psychological issues, such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disease and trauma. He also conducts interventions for eating disorders, gambling addiction, sex addiction, and other issues. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981.


“I am passionate about intervention for a very simple reason,” says Jeff. “Intervention saved my life.” —Read Jeff Jay’s story.

Debra Jay

Debra Jay has been a frequent guest 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 co-author of two other books: Love First (2008) and Aging and Addiction (2002).


Debra worked for the Hazelden Foundation as an inpatient addiction therapist. She also facilitated the Family Program and coordinated the Older Adult Program. She has worked as an interventionist since 1996. Debra Jay speaks nationally at professional and community conferences, and certifies treatment providers in Structured Family Recovery™. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.


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Meet our clinical interventionists


blueHeart trans 50Sacramento, California
Michael Parr, MD
, is a clinical interventionist and medical consultant in Sacramento, CA. He is board certified in addiction medicine, and has worked as a consultant to the National Basketball Association. Dr. Parr has more than 30 years experience dealing with chemical dependency, with a specialization in treating chronic pain and addiction. He often participates in our most complex cases. Read more.



blueHeart trans 50St. Paul, Minnesota
Lowell Duncan
is an interventionist in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. He is an internationally certified drug addictions counselor and has worked as Unit Supervisor at Hazelden. He has designed and implemented programs such as intensive outpatient, smoking cessation and recovery from opiate addiction. Lowell’s clinical publications on heroin addiction and nicotine addiction are widely respected. He has a direct style that helps break through patient’s denial and bring them to the clarity of acceptance. Read more.


blueHeart trans 50Gulfstream, Florida / Plymouth, Michigan
Stephanie Christy
 is an interventionist in Gulfstream, FL. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Advanced Certified Addictions Counselor in both Michigan and Florida.  Stephanie has extensive experience with adolescent and adult patients. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings and specializes in complex cases including those suffering from trauma and other co-occuring disorders. Read more.


blueHeart trans 50Plymouth, Michigan
Steve Anderson 
is an interventionist in the Detroit Metropolitan region.  He is a licensed Psychologist and has worked in the field of chemical dependency for the past thirty years.  Steve has worked as the Manager of Admissions, Outpatient Services, and the Family Program for the Brighton Center for Recovery.  He has also developed and managed specialty programs for Lawyers and Judges, Executives, and Healthcare Professionals.  Steve has also worked closely with the opiate addicted individual along with their family members.  Read more.

blueHeart trans 50New York, New York
Elisabeth Escobar
 is an interventionist in New York, NY. She has over 25 years experience in counseling and substance abuse. Elisabeth has worked with many types of clients, including adolescents, co-occurring disorder patients, executives and physicians. She has a deep understanding of family systems. Ms. Escobar is a masters level therapist with two advanced degrees. Read more.


blueHeart trans 50Metro Detroit, Michigan
Ken VanElslander
is an interventionist in the metropolitan Detroit area. He is a masters-level therapist with many years of recovery experience. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit/Mercy Addictions Studies program and a past president of the Brighton Center for Recovery. He is equally comfortable with C-suite executives and young adults struggling with chemical dependency. His friendly style and vast knowledge puts families at ease. Read more.

We also offer recovery mentoring services.