Love First Clinical Interventionists

experience makes the difference

Jeff Jay, CIP

Jeff Jay is a clinical interventionist and co-author of Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention (Hazelden). 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. His latest book is Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption.

Jeff specializes in complex interventions for impaired executives and licensed 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

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.

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Our Clinical Associates

Michael Parr, MD

Michael Parr is a physician and certified clinical interventionist, based in Sacramento, California. He received his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Parr is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, and has over 30 years experience in chemical dependency treatment and pain management. Dr. Parr served as a consultant to the National Basketball Association Player Assistance Program for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011.

While practicing obstetrics at the beginning of his career, he focused on treating pregnant women with addiction issues. He was the founder of the Mercy Perinatal Chemical Dependency Program. He was also the Medical Director of Sutter Hospital Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program.

Dr. Parr co-authored the American Society of Addiction Medicine White Paper on Urine Drug Testing in Pregnancy. He has given numerous talks on improving perinatal outcomes with intervention and screening for substance use. He is a specialist on treating patients with chronic pain who have become dependent on opiates. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Parr has served on the Diversion Evaluation Committee for the Medical Board of California, the State Bar of California and the Board of Registered Nursing, helping to set up treatment program for impaired professionals.

Steve Anderson, MA

Steve Anderson is an interventionist and is based in Plymouth Michigan.  He has worked in the field of chemical dependency treatment and mental health services for thirty years. He is Masters’ trained and a licensed psychologist.  Steve has provided outpatient chemical dependency and mental health services from a family systems approach while working as a staff psychologist for several hospital organizations.  Steve has also provided employee assistance professional services coordinating inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency and mental health treatment for employees and family members of employees of the automotive industry and other manufacturing and service industry organizations.

Most recently Steve was the Manager of Admissions, Outpatient Services, and the Family Program at the Brighton Center for Recovery, a residential and outpatient chemical dependency treatment program in Michigan.

Steve believes that individuals and their families touched by addiction can heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually through the recovery process.  Steve also believes and that those in recovering from addiction along with their family members can heal together by developing a complete family recovery program through Structured Family Recovery® and case management.

Steve earned his Bachelors’ degree in Psychology and Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University.  Steve’s personal experience with the recovery process has lead to his commitment to assisting and treating individuals and families seeking the gift of recovery.

Stephanie Christy, LCSW, CIP

Stephanie Christy began her work in the addiction and recovery fields over a decade ago.  Stephanie strongly believes in the impact addiction has on the entire family and in the recovery of family system as a whole.  Her passion for recovery continues to lead her to work with both those suffering from addiction and their families in multiple arenas.  Her personal story of recovery reflects the various routes addiction can take in affecting the individual.

Stephanie has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including residential and outpatient treatment.  Stephanie previously acted as a Program Manager at the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She has performed clinical research at the University of Michigan’s Addiction Research Center (UMARC) and served as Adjunct Faculty in Addiction Studies at Madonna University and Wayne State University.

Stephanie has a specialization in trauma therapy and has been trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy).  She is equally adept at working with young adults as she is with Baby Boomers and older adults.  She specializes in complex cases including those suffering from multiple addictions and other co-occurring disorders.  In her work as an interventionist, Stephanie’s broad personal and professional experience allow her to quickly, compassionately, and effectively analyze a family’s situation and offer the perspective of the unique blend of her experiences

Stephanie earned both her Bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.  She is a licensed Social Worker in both Michigan (LMSW) and Florida (LCSW), a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in Michigan, a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) in Florida, and an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC). Stephanie also serves on the of the Michigan Gambling Disorders Treatment Panel.

Stephanie Christy is passionate about imparting the gifts of recovery to individuals and families.  She is also a devoted mother.

Lowell Duncan, CAP

Lowell Duncan is a clinical interventionist based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has more than 30 years experience in the addiction treatment field. Lowell is a graduate of the Hazelden Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Program, and he an LACD, CAP, and an Internationally certified counselor.

HeroinLowell worked at Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota for 26 years as a therapist and Unit Supervisor. He is also the author of Hazelden’s publication Heroin: The First Few Months of Recovery  and many of Hazelden’s smoking cessation materials. He has served as educator, counselor, supervisor, manager, director and executive director.  He has experience working on women and men’s units, extended care, tobacco services and chronic illness. He has worked in many settings outpatient, residential, halfway houses and classrooms.

Lowell has presented a number of national and local workshops. He helped start treatment programs, and participated in creating a mental health model into 12-step abstinence based program. Lowell developed and facilitated meth-related programs in the community and prison programs. He published and facilitated groups for youth at risk in the community. He participated in tobacco, meth and ethic panels.  He has served on a number of different innovation committees, and treatment design groups.  Lowell believes in 12- spiritual programs for people of all backgrounds and beliefs. He uses a number of different counseling theories to supplement 12-step treatment.

Lowell’s intervention experience is as wide and deep as his professional experience. He joined the Love First team in 2013. He is married and has 4 adult children. He is interested in reading, history and meditation. He enjoys riding motorcycles, skiing, snowshoeing, traveling, living in the country, organic farming and helping those suffering with addiction.  He has an active recovery program and believes in combining avocation and vocation to give life meaning.

Elisabeth Escobar, MA

Elisabeth Escobar is an interventionist in Washington, DC. She has been working in the field of counseling and substance abuse for over 25 years, in both the United States and Europe. Elisabeth served as The Director of Admissions at Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center in Oakland, CA for several years before moving into the same position at MPI-an adult treatment program, also located in Oakland, CA. During this time, Elisabeth helped hundreds of clients and their families understand the disease of addiction and choose a treatment option most suitable for them.

Elisabeth has conducted numerous interventions which helped family members understand the effects of substance abuse on the whole family. She has guided family members on how to manage behavior and expectations, as well as learn how to break the cycle of addiction and take the necessary steps to keep Recovery in the forefront of each family member’s mind. 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.

For nearly a decade, Elisabeth was a School Counselor at three International primary and secondary schools in Rome, Italy. She established the most successful psychological consortium of English language therapists in Rome for 5 consecutive years. In both capacities, she offered parenting classes and consultations to parents, educators and administrators on issues related to children’s emotional well-being. Her areas of focus included co-dependency, anxiety, substance abuse, prevention, education and treatment, bullying, social skills development and learning disorders. Elisabeth has also served in the capacity of Clinical Outreach Representative for The Menninger Clinic, at Baylor Medical School in Houston, TX and as the Director of 3 Dormitories at Barnard College/Columbia University in NYC, NY. Her volunteer work encompasses Grief Counseling at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospice Care Program in NYC, NY and as a Counselor for a Suicide Hotline in the Wash DC area.

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.

Lori Forseth, Clinical Coordinator

Lori answers questions and coordinates appointments for clinical intervention and Structured Family Recovery®. She has been working with Love First, talking with families, for several years and is very knowledgable, available, and an easy-going, warm person to talk with about addiction and family needs. Lori has degrees in psychology and sociology, graduating with distinction in both areas. You can call or text her direct line at (888) 533-1312‬ (+1-313-409-4951 outside the U.S.).

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