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Jeff Jay bio

Jeff 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 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.


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Debra Jay bio:

Debra JayDebra 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.


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NavigatingGrace_CoverCompIt Takes a Family: a cooperative approach to lasting sobrietyLove First book on intervention

AgingAddiction1NMLG-coverAt Wit's End