Jeff Jay, CIP

Jeff Jay is a professional interventionist and co-author of Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention (Hazelden, 3rd edition, 2021). He has been working full time in the substance abuse treatment field since 1986, including work for the Hazelden Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and is a Certified Intervention Professional. He has appeared as an expert on CNN, PBS, and the Jane Pauley Show. His spiritual memoir is Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption.

Jeff specializes in complex interventions for impaired professionals. He is also skilled in working with baby boomers, older adults, and younger adults. His expertise is sought after for cases which are 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 believe in intervention for a very simple reason,” says Jeff.
“Intervention saved my life.”

Debra Jay, MA

Debra Jay is a noted author, speaker, and trainer for addiction professionals. She worked for Hazelden as an inpatient counselor for both men and women, was interim supervisor of the women’s program, facilitated the weekly family program, designed the evening outpatient family program, and was the coordinator of the older adult track.

Debra was a guest lecturer for Wayne State University graduate studies on addiction for fourteen years. She has been writing a newspaper advice column on families and addiction since 1996. She has served as board member for Brighton Hospital, St. John Providence Health System, and Dawn Farm. She is a recipient of the 2012 Letitia M. Close B.V.M Award in recognition of a significant ministry in helping women with the disease of addiction.

Debra was the addiction expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for 3 seasons and has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Hazelden Addiction Professionals Training Program.

To learn more about Debra’s books, click here.

Our Clinical Associates

Michael Parr, MD

Board Certified in Addiction Medicine
Professional Interventionist

Michael Parr, MD, is a professional interventionist in Sacramento, California. He has been helping families get in recovery for decades. He is a Love First certified professional interventionist, and is board certified in addiction medicine.

Dr. Parr  has over 30 years experience in chemical dependency treatment and pain management. He served as a consultant to the National Basketball Association Player Assistance Program for 25 years.

Cheryl Emery, MS, LMHC, CAP

Cheryl Emery is a professional interventionist based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is deeply passionate about helping families and their addicted loved ones. She has worked in psychiatric centers and addiction treatment programs since 2003.

Cheryl specializes in complex addiction and trauma. She excels in helping highly resistant clients including young adults and families affected by the disease, as well as its aftermath.

Stephanie Christy, DSW

Stephanie Christy has been helping families for 20 years. She is a doctor of social work, a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed master of social work, a certified intervention professional, and more. Stephanie has been part of the Love First team for many years, and she brings a special passion to helping families, with a calming presence even in the most stressful situations.

James Patterson, ICADC

James Patterson has been helping patients and families for 35 years. He is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor and has served for more than 25 years as executive director of Specialized Outpatient Services. He is a trainer for the American Society of Addiction Medicine and has served on many non-profit boards. He brings a special calm and insight to the most difficult situations, based on years of experience and personal recovery.

Kathryn Row, MA, LPC, CAADC

Kathy is a Clinical interventionist and a Structured Family Recovery® Counselor in Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI. She has been helping families in the field of mental health and addiction for more than 20 years.

Kathy worked at Pathway Family Center, a long term adolescent treatment center, where she held the position of Vice President of Clinical Operations.

She also served as an Adjunct Instructor in Addiction Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Elisabeth Escobar, MA

Elisabeth Escobar is a professional interventionist in New York, NY, and Washington, DC. She has been working in the field of counseling and substance abuse treatment for over 25 years, in both the United States and Europe. Elisabeth works well with all age groups and facilitates each family member’s personal growth and development around what it means to be in Recovery.

Elisabeth holds an M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and an M.A. in Guidance & Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Her treatment approach draws heavily from the 12-step program and she utilizes Carl Roger’s approach of Un-Conditional Positive Regard in her work with clients. She also currently maintains a private Coaching, Counseling & Consulting Practice via Skype and is a regular contributor to the London based, “Intervene” magazine.

Lisa Nagy, CAP, Clinical Coordinator

Lisa Nagy is the clinical coordinator at Love First. She holds the CAP licensure (certified addiction professional, Florida), and has been working in the addiction treatment field for over fifteen years. Lisa is also certified as a Structured Family Recovery® counselor, guiding families through the recovery process. She is a family support specialist and provides remarkable insight and services to families in need. Lisa has held a variety clinical positions in the addiction treatment field, providing front-line services to both patients and families in residential and outpatient settings. Her clinical insight and recovery experiences have proven to be invaluable to the families we serve. Currently, Lisa Nagy manages our clinical team and helps direct families in crisis to appropriate services at Love First.

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