Books by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay

Written for families looking for good, solid direction

Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention

The most read book on implementing a dignified, loving, effective family intervention. Love First has helped thousands of families in recovery get their loved ones into treatment. A best seller since 2000, now in its revised and expanded second edition, includes the most up-to-date information for alcohol and drug abuse intervention, psychological issues, and other concerns–and is a friendly, easy to digest read. It is the complete package for families in recovery

“Building a team, choosing a chairperson, anticipating objections, using checklists, and rehearsing for the intervention itself–the reader will find it all here.”

-Robert M. Morse, M.D., professor emeritus psychiatry, Mayo Medical School

“I felt as if someone was there holding my hand as I read this book. It led our family to success.”

-Anonymous Mom

It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety

Debra Jay’s revolutionary new book takes a fresh approach to the recovery process by making family members and friends part of the recovery team, beginning in the early stages of sobriety. The book presents Structured Family Recovery®, a powerful program that is as simple as it is transformative.

“In this book, Debra Jay unlocks the secrets of this revolutionary approach to addiction…that the family has the power to create a recovery milieu that serves as a powerful shield against relapse.”

-Robert L. DuPont, M.D.,  first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

“It Takes a Family revolutionizes recovery and brings it back to its roots. It’s what families have long been waiting for.”

-Sandy Peddicord, former producer, The Oprah Winfrey Show

“Structured Family Recovery has brought our family back together. We enjoy each other’s company again, we have respect for one another, we appreciate each other’s successes, and we show the alcoholic that we love and support him (in recovery). I have become a happier and more peaceful person.”


Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption

This book about forgiveness and faith, disaster and deliverance, and the pivotal moments that reshape a life. The prose is quick and vivid, and his story will make you believe in miracles again.

“A recovery masterpiece.”
Judy Herzanek, Changing Lives Foundation

“Navigating Grace is a riveting read; a thrill by the seat of your pants trip to sea, to spirit and a life worth living. Bravo!”

Brad Lamm, author & frequent guest on Dr. Oz, The Today Show, and Good Morning America

No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

This book has started a quiet revolution among family members grappling with addiction. Acclaimed by professionals and lay people alike, it provides a practical and spiritual lifeline to families struggling with a loved one’s addiction, asserting that addiction doesn’t have the right to trump the welfare of the family.

An exciting, cutting-edge book that will inspire families to know and act from a place of courage and power–allowing them to step outside the shadow of addiction.

-Claudia Black, author of It Will Never Happen to Me 

A clear and empowering call to effective action. No More Letting Go provides wisdon, hope and help for those who may not have known they have choices.

-Jerry A. Boriskin, PH.D., author of PTSD and Addiction

Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence

Debra Jay was lead author of this ground-breaking work. It still sets the standard for understanding the special needs of older adults and baby boomers who have become chemically dependent.

This superb book will help save lives. It’s that simple. Aging and Addiction is intelligent, readable, and well researched. Above all, it is an immensely compassionate book, which offers hope and direction to families.

Gen. Barry McCaffrey, former Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar)

At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When Your Loved One is Diagnosed With Addiction and Mental Illness

The definitive guide for families, patients and clinicians faced with dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. Including descriptions of common diagnoses, new treatment strategies, case histories and much more. Learn the “Top-down, bottom-up” method of healing and recovery.

An essential addition to addiction literature and an invaluable guide for families.

Katherine Ketcham, best-selling author of Under the Influence

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