About Jeff Jay and Debra Jay

Jeff Jay

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 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.

 

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 At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness, (Hazelden, 2007).

“I am passionate about intervention for a very simple reason,” says Jeff. “Intervention saved my life.”
He heads a national private practice that provides intervention and recovery mentoring services. He is is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981.

 

Read Jeff Jay’s articles on intervention.

 

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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 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. 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 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.

 

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Debra Jay

Debra Jay

Jeff and Debra live in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan and travel extensively as interventionists and as public speakers. They write a monthly advice column on alcohol, drugs and the family for the Grosse Pointe News.