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Love First Clinical Interventionist Training 2022

Day 1

AUDIO/WEBPAGE: Listen to “Love First”

Debra Jay reads from the beginning of both “Love First: a family’s guide to intervention.” The third edition of the book has been newly revised and expanded. The audio file and other links are on the front page of the Love First website.

PODCAST: Twelve Step Facilitation with Joe Nowinski, PhD

What’s the best path to long-term recovery from addiction? How can treatment help a person transition into their local recovering community? Joe Nowinski, PhD, is the author of “If You Work It, It Works! The Science Behind Twelve Step Recovery.” He shares insights from his work on Project MATCH, the largest study ever completed on addiction recovery.

• Twelve Step Facilitation materials can be found at the Hazelden Bookstore.

VIDEO & BLOGPOST: Is AA Effective?

In a landmark metastudy, John Kelly of Harvard reviewed all the evidence for the effectiveness of AA. This Cochrane Review study garnered world-wide attention. See the video that discusses this study with comments from Stanford University and Harvard.

AUDIO/VIDEO/BLOGS: Something Interesting

The third edition of Love First contains sections called “Something Interesting” at the conclusion of many chapters. “Something Interesting” provides links to podcasts, videos, webpages, and much more. Check out all the resources on this page, which contains a link to the “Something Interesting,” and other resources.

CHAPTER DOWNLOAD: Love First sample

Read sample chapters from Love First, a family’s guide to intervention, 3rd edition, by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay (Hazelden 2021). This PDF contains the first 29 pages of material from the new edition of Love First.

PODCAST: Building Your Intervention Team

This podcast is part of the Intervention Workshop. You’ll find this specific part of the series in Part 2, Chapter 1.. The Intervention Workshop is a free resource available to all families and professionals. You can also listen to Intervention Workshop on Apple Podcasts.

DOWNLOAD: Intervention Team Planner

You can view and download the Family Team Planner here. This comprehensive PDF helps families plan and carry out a good, loving family intervention. It should only be used in conjunction with the book Love First, and is not a replacement for reading the book and following all the directions.  The link comes from the Something Interesting section of our website.

WEBINAR: Behavior Design: How to Create Lasting Change

What do 40 years of scientific research tell us about the human capacity to change our behavior? We really can change—and for good. Join noted behavioral health clinicians Debra Jay to review the research and identify the key systemic elements involved in creating behavior change that lasts. Debra Jay will lead you in creating a behavior design to implement in your own life, based on research from Stanford University’s Behavior Change Lab. REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION.

Day 2

PODCASTS: SFR Snap Training for Families

These podcasts will help families deal with common issues regarding their loved one’s journey into recovery. Each one is five minutes or less in length.

PDF: Love First Intervention Team Planner

View and download the Love First Intervention Team Planner to share with the families you are working with. This planner will help them organize the many details required for a successful intervention.

RESOURCE LIBRARY: Harvard Center on the Developing Child Resource Library

Here you will find a great deal of information on toxic stress and the developing brain. The Harvard Center of the Developing Child is a rich resource for all clinicians.

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about challenges families face, and how the Structured Family Recovery process helped bring them back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families.

Day 3

BOOK: Never Split the Difference

A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI, Chris Voss, offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations. These techniques are congruent with the methods we teach in our intervention training, and we quote from Chris Voss’s work in the 3rd edition of Love First.

BOOK: Descartes’ Error

“Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain,” by Antonio Damasio. Since Descartes proclaimed, “I think, therefore I am,” science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended, until recently, to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions.

Day 4

VIDEO: Chris Voss – Never Split the Difference

Chris Voss at TEDxUniversityofNevada. Stories, strategies, and tips from the former FBI hostage negotiator. Many of his experiences and strategies are fully congruent with addiction intervention.

VIDEO: Master Class with Chris Voss

Master Class provides video instruction from a wide variety of experts, and it requires a subscription to view the content. This class features former FBI negotiator Chris Voss. We have included references to his work in the 3rd edition of Love First.

VIDEO: Importance of Tone in Negotiations

Derek Gaunt talks about the advantages of the “Late-night FM DJ” voice. In this video, he emphasizes the importance of tone and tempo in difficult negotiations.

BOOK: Aging and Addiction

Debra Jay’s ground-breaking book on how to work with older adults struggling with alcohol and drug abuse issues. Published by Hazelden and co-authored by Carol Colleran, the first supervisor of the first older adult residential treatment program.

BOOK: The Pain Antidote

Dr. Mel Pohl has helped thousands of sufferers to reduce chronic pain without the use of painkillers. The Pain Antidote shares concrete tools and strategies, offering cutting-edge research on how pain affects your brain, how your emotions affect your experience of pain, and pain-reducing gentle exercises.

Day 5

WEBSITE: Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program

Help for children with addicted parents. The program provides support, education, and care to kids who grow up in a family with alcohol or other drug addiction. In-person and virtual services.

WEBSITE/VIDEOS: Don’t Forget the Children

Links to the excellent series of Sesame Street videos that were produced for children living with addiction. Part of Get Help, Give Help, which provides comprehensive podcast instruction for families, before, during and after treatment.

RESOURCE LIBRARY: Harvard Center on the Developing Child Resource Library

Here you will find a great deal of information on toxic stress and the developing brain. The Harvard Center of the Developing Child is a rich resource for all clinicians.

A Way Out, 2022 conference

AUDIO/WEBPAGE: Listen to “Love First” and “It Takes a Family”

Debra Jay reads from the beginning of both “Love First: a family’s guide to intervention”and “It Takes a Family: creating lasting sobriety, togetherness, and happiness.” Both books have been newly revised and expanded. The audio files and other links are on the front page of the Love First website.

VIDEO: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

The largest, most rigorous independent study on Alcoholics Anonymous to date shows that AA can help people get sober, stay sober, drink less, and suffer fewer negative consequences of drinking, all while keeping health care costs down. Watch scientists John Kelly (Harvard) and Keith Humphreys (Stanford) discuss their findings (published 3/11/20 by the Cochrane Collaborative), with commentary from psychologist Gabrielle Jones.

PODCAST: Twelve Step Facilitation with Joe Nowinski, PhD

What’s the best path to long-term recovery from addiction? How can treatment help a person transition into their local recovering community? Joe Nowinski, PhD, is the author of “If You Work It, It Works! The Science Behind Twelve Step Recovery.” He shares insights from his work on Project MATCH, the largest study ever completed on addiction recovery.

• Twelve Step Facilitation materials can be found at the Hazelden Bookstore.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about challenges families face, and how the Structured Family Recovery process helped bring them back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families.

ARTICLE: Setting the Standard for Recovery: Physicians’ Health Programs

The landmark study that established the gold standard in addiction treatment, by Robert DuPont, MD; Thomas McClellan, PhD; William White; Lisa Merlo; Mark Gold, MD. You can also find an insightful podcast with Dr. DuPont on the Best Minds Podcast: Opiate Addiction and Recovery.

VIDEO/WEBINAR: Behavior Design: How to Create Lasting Change

What do 40 years of scientific research tell us about the human capacity to change our behavior? We really can change—and for good. Join noted behavioral health clinicians Debra Jay to review the research and identify the key systemic elements involved in creating behavior change that lasts. Debra Jay will lead you in creating a behavior design to implement in your own life, based on research from Stanford University’s Behavior Change Lab. REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

ARTICLE: The Neuroscience of Belonging

The brain has evolved to respond in predictable ways to threats in the physical environment. Similarly, the brain is attuned to identify and reinforce behaviors that benefit our survival. But what about more complex, subjective, social stimuli? This brief article raises fascinating points.

Recovery Awareness Day 2022

AUDIO/WEBPAGE: Listen to “Love First” and “It Takes a Family”

Debra Jay reads from the beginning of both “Love First: a family’s guide to intervention” and “It Takes a Family: creating lasting sobriety, togetherness, and happiness.” Both books have been newly revised and expanded. The audio files and other links are on the front page of the Love First website.

VIDEO: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

The largest, most rigorous independent study on Alcoholics Anonymous to date shows that AA can help people get sober, stay sober, drink less, and suffer fewer negative consequences of drinking, all while keeping health care costs down. Watch scientists John Kelly (Harvard) and Keith Humphreys (Stanford) discuss their findings (published 3/11/20 by the Cochrane Collaborative), with commentary from psychologist Gabrielle Jones.

PODCAST: Twelve Step Facilitation with Joe Nowinski, PhD

What’s the best path to long-term recovery from addiction? How can treatment help a person transition into their local recovering community? Joe Nowinski, PhD, is the author of “If You Work It, It Works! The Science Behind Twelve Step Recovery.” He shares insights from his work on Project MATCH, the largest study ever completed on addiction recovery.

• Twelve Step Facilitation materials can be found at the Hazelden Bookstore.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about challenges families face, and how the Structured Family Recovery process helped bring them back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families.

ARTICLE: Setting the Standard for Recovery: Physicians’ Health Programs

The landmark study that established the gold standard in addiction treatment, by Robert DuPont, MD; Thomas McClellan, PhD; William White; Lisa Merlo; Mark Gold, MD. You can also find an insightful podcast with Dr. DuPont on the Best Minds Podcast: Opiate Addiction and Recovery.

VIDEO/WEBINAR: Behavior Design: How to Create Lasting Change

What do 40 years of scientific research tell us about the human capacity to change our behavior? We really can change—and for good. Join noted behavioral health clinicians Debra Jay to review the research and identify the key systemic elements involved in creating behavior change that lasts. Debra Jay will lead you in creating a behavior design to implement in your own life, based on research from Stanford University’s Behavior Change Lab. REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

ARTICLE: The Neuroscience of Belonging

The brain has evolved to respond in predictable ways to threats in the physical environment. Similarly, the brain is attuned to identify and reinforce behaviors that benefit our survival. But what about more complex, subjective, social stimuli? This brief article raises fascinating points.

Grosse Pointe News Column

July 6, 2022

ARTICLE: How are Addicted Physicians Treated?

Addicted physicians receive an intensity, duration, and quality of care that is rarely available in most standard addiction treatments: (a) intensive residential and outpatient treatment, (b) 5 years of extended support, and (c) involvement of family, colleagues, and employers in support and monitoring.

PODCAST: Recovery for Licensed Professionals with Buddy Stockwell, JD

The most highly-rated Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program in the nation was run by Buddy Stockwell, in the state of Louisiana. Buddy shares years of experience and insight in this one-hour podcast. What makes programs for licensed professionals better and more effective?

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about how Structured Family Recovery®  brings families back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families. They also draw parallels to the special programs offered to licensed professionals who need treatment.

VIDEO: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

The largest, most rigorous independent study on Alcoholics Anonymous to date shows that AA can help people get sober, stay sober, drink less, and suffer fewer negative consequences of drinking, all while keeping health care costs down. Watch scientists John Kelly (Harvard) and Keith Humphreys (Stanford) discuss their findings (published 3/11/20 by the Cochrane Collaborative), with commentary from psychologist Gabrielle Jones.

Hazelden Betty Ford WEBINAR Series

VIDEO: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

The largest, most rigorous independent study on Alcoholics Anonymous to date shows that AA can help people get sober, stay sober, drink less, and suffer fewer negative consequences of drinking, all while keeping health care costs down. Watch scientists John Kelly (Harvard) and Keith Humphreys (Stanford) discuss their findings (published 3/11/20 by the Cochrane Collaborative), with commentary from psychologist Gabrielle Jones.

VIDEO/WEBINAR: Behavior Design: How to Create Lasting Change

What do 40 years of scientific research tell us about the human capacity to change our behavior? We really can change—and for good. Join noted behavioral health clinicians Debra Jay to review the research and identify the key systemic elements involved in creating behavior change that lasts. Debra Jay will lead you in creating a behavior design to implement in your own life, based on research from Stanford University’s Behavior Change Lab. REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION.

ARTICLE: The Neuroscience of Belonging

The brain has evolved to respond in predictable ways to threats in the physical environment. Similarly, the brain is attuned to identify and reinforce behaviors that benefit our survival. But what about more complex, subjective, social stimuli? This brief article raises fascinating points.

ARTICLE: Family Caregivers of People with Dementia

Family caregivers of people with dementia, often called the invisible second patients, are critical to the quality of life of the care recipients. The effects of being a family caregiver, though sometimes positive, are generally negative, with high rates of burden and psychological morbidity as well as social isolation, physical ill-health, and financial hardship. –A fascinating parallel to people living with an addicted loved one.

ARTICLE: Social neuroscience and health

Although research has shown the importance of social connection for physical health, little is known about the higher-level neurocognitive processes that link experiences of social connection or disconnection with health-relevant physiological responses. The article suggests that threats to social connection may tap into the same neural and physiological ‘alarm system’ that responds to other critical survival threats.

AUDIO/WEBPAGE: Listen to “Love First” and “It Takes a Family”

Debra Jay reads from the beginning of both “Love First: a family’s guide to intervention” and “It Takes a Family: creating lasting sobriety, togetherness, and happiness.” Both books have been newly revised and expanded. The audio files and other links are on the front page of the Love First website.

AUDIO: Snap Training for Families

These brief audio training are based on Structured Family Recovery®, and the book, “It Takes a Family,” by Debra Jay. These short podcasts –5 minutes or less– will help the listenera deal with common issues regarding a loved one’s journey into recovery.

PODCASTS: The Best Minds Podcast

Conversations with the Top Experts in the Addiction Treatment Field. Topics include opiate addiction & recovery, collegiate recovery programs, sexual addiction, twelve step facilitation, Structured Family Recovery®, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain  & addiction, and much more. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Google, Stitcher.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

VIDEO: Communicating Risk: Neglected and Controversial Rules of Thumb

University of Georgia professor Peter Sandman, Ph.D., a leading expert in health and risk communication, gives great insight on the topic. There are many parallels to the field of addiction recovery, as well.

READING ASSIGNMENTS

WEBINAR 1:

  1. “How to create a Home for Lasting Recovery,” Love First, Ch. 18, p. 71-74. Read Time: 3 min 30 sec.
  2. “Writing Your Bottom Line,” Love First, Ch. 37, p. 164-169. Read Time: 6 min.
  3. Something Interesting: Check out the example in Love First, on page 287.
  4. “Our Relationship with an Addicted Loved One,” Love First, Ch. 9, p. 37-41. Read Time: 4 min

WEBPAGE: Social norms and social influence

Social scientists Rachel McDonald and Christian Crandall discuss the history and power of social norms. They also share new insights and show how creating positive social norms bring real change.

VIDEO: Chris Voss, “Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It.”

We found a lot in common with the negotiating techniques of Chris Voss and clinical intervention. Chris is an engaging communicator with very useful content. This is part of the “Talks on Google” series.

READING ASSIGNMENTS

WEBINAR 2:

  1. “The ARC Technique for Answering Objections.” Love First, Ch. 40, p. 185. Read Time: 6 minutes
  2. “Sample Intervention Letter.” Love First, p. 161-163. Read Time: 3 minutes, 30 seconds
  3. “Skills: Hostage Negotiation Meets Intervention,” Love First, p. 190-198. Reading Time: 10 minutes

Recovery Awareness Day 2022

AUDIO/WEBPAGE: Listen to “Love First” and “It Takes a Family”

Debra Jay reads from the beginning of both “Love First: a family’s guide to intervention” and “It Takes a Family: creating lasting sobriety, togetherness, and happiness.” Both books have been newly revised and expanded. The audio files and other links are on the front page of the Love First website.

VIDEO: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

The largest, most rigorous independent study on Alcoholics Anonymous to date shows that AA can help people get sober, stay sober, drink less, and suffer fewer negative consequences of drinking, all while keeping health care costs down. Watch scientists John Kelly (Harvard) and Keith Humphreys (Stanford) discuss their findings (published 3/11/20 by the Cochrane Collaborative), with commentary from psychologist Gabrielle Jones.

PODCAST: Twelve Step Facilitation with Joe Nowinski, PhD

What’s the best path to long-term recovery from addiction? How can treatment help a person transition into their local recovering community? Joe Nowinski, PhD, is the author of “If You Work It, It Works! The Science Behind Twelve Step Recovery.” He shares insights from his work on Project MATCH, the largest study ever completed on addiction recovery.

• Twelve Step Facilitation materials can be found at the Hazelden Bookstore.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about challenges families face, and how the Structured Family Recovery process helped bring them back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families.

ARTICLE: Setting the Standard for Recovery: Physicians’ Health Programs

The landmark study that established the gold standard in addiction treatment, by Robert DuPont, MD; Thomas McClellan, PhD; William White; Lisa Merlo; Mark Gold, MD. You can also find an insightful podcast with Dr. DuPont on the Best Minds Podcast: Opiate Addiction and Recovery.

VIDEO/WEBINAR: Behavior Design: How to Create Lasting Change

What do 40 years of scientific research tell us about the human capacity to change our behavior? We really can change—and for good. Join noted behavioral health clinicians Debra Jay to review the research and identify the key systemic elements involved in creating behavior change that lasts. Debra Jay will lead you in creating a behavior design to implement in your own life, based on research from Stanford University’s Behavior Change Lab. REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

ARTICLE: The Neuroscience of Belonging

The brain has evolved to respond in predictable ways to threats in the physical environment. Similarly, the brain is attuned to identify and reinforce behaviors that benefit our survival. But what about more complex, subjective, social stimuli? This brief article raises fascinating points.

Grosse Pointe News Column

July 6, 2022

ARTICLE: How are Addicted Physicians Treated?

Addicted physicians receive an intensity, duration, and quality of care that is rarely available in most standard addiction treatments: (a) intensive residential and outpatient treatment, (b) 5 years of extended support, and (c) involvement of family, colleagues, and employers in support and monitoring.

PODCAST: Recovery for Licensed Professionals with Buddy Stockwell, JD

The most highly-rated Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program in the nation was run by Buddy Stockwell, in the state of Louisiana. Buddy shares years of experience and insight in this one-hour podcast. What makes programs for licensed professionals better and more effective?

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about how Structured Family Recovery®  brings families back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families. They also draw parallels to the special programs offered to licensed professionals who need treatment.

VIDEO: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

The largest, most rigorous independent study on Alcoholics Anonymous to date shows that AA can help people get sober, stay sober, drink less, and suffer fewer negative consequences of drinking, all while keeping health care costs down. Watch scientists John Kelly (Harvard) and Keith Humphreys (Stanford) discuss their findings (published 3/11/20 by the Cochrane Collaborative), with commentary from psychologist Gabrielle Jones.

Hazelden Betty Ford WEBINAR Series

VIDEO: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

The largest, most rigorous independent study on Alcoholics Anonymous to date shows that AA can help people get sober, stay sober, drink less, and suffer fewer negative consequences of drinking, all while keeping health care costs down. Watch scientists John Kelly (Harvard) and Keith Humphreys (Stanford) discuss their findings (published 3/11/20 by the Cochrane Collaborative), with commentary from psychologist Gabrielle Jones.

VIDEO/WEBINAR: Behavior Design: How to Create Lasting Change

What do 40 years of scientific research tell us about the human capacity to change our behavior? We really can change—and for good. Join noted behavioral health clinicians Debra Jay to review the research and identify the key systemic elements involved in creating behavior change that lasts. Debra Jay will lead you in creating a behavior design to implement in your own life, based on research from Stanford University’s Behavior Change Lab. REQUIRES FREE REGISTRATION.

ARTICLE: The Neuroscience of Belonging

The brain has evolved to respond in predictable ways to threats in the physical environment. Similarly, the brain is attuned to identify and reinforce behaviors that benefit our survival. But what about more complex, subjective, social stimuli? This brief article raises fascinating points.

ARTICLE: Family Caregivers of People with Dementia

Family caregivers of people with dementia, often called the invisible second patients, are critical to the quality of life of the care recipients. The effects of being a family caregiver, though sometimes positive, are generally negative, with high rates of burden and psychological morbidity as well as social isolation, physical ill-health, and financial hardship. –A fascinating parallel to people living with an addicted loved one.

ARTICLE: Social neuroscience and health

Although research has shown the importance of social connection for physical health, little is known about the higher-level neurocognitive processes that link experiences of social connection or disconnection with health-relevant physiological responses. The article suggests that threats to social connection may tap into the same neural and physiological ‘alarm system’ that responds to other critical survival threats.

AUDIO/WEBPAGE: Listen to “Love First” and “It Takes a Family”

Debra Jay reads from the beginning of both “Love First: a family’s guide to intervention” and “It Takes a Family: creating lasting sobriety, togetherness, and happiness.” Both books have been newly revised and expanded. The audio files and other links are on the front page of the Love First website.

AUDIO: Snap Training for Families

These brief audio training are based on Structured Family Recovery®, and the book, “It Takes a Family,” by Debra Jay. These short podcasts –5 minutes or less– will help the listenera deal with common issues regarding a loved one’s journey into recovery.

PODCASTS: The Best Minds Podcast

Conversations with the Top Experts in the Addiction Treatment Field. Topics include opiate addiction & recovery, collegiate recovery programs, sexual addiction, twelve step facilitation, Structured Family Recovery®, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain  & addiction, and much more. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Google, Stitcher.

WEBPAGE: Stanford University Behavior Design Lab

Behavior Design is a new approach to understanding human behavior and how to design for behavior change. Based on the work of Dr. BJ Fogg, Behavior Design offers a comprehensive set of models and methods that work together to give you a systematic set of tools for thinking and designing. The purpose of Behavior Design is to empower you to create solutions to help people with positive behavior change.

VIDEO: Communicating Risk: Neglected and Controversial Rules of Thumb

University of Georgia professor Peter Sandman, Ph.D., a leading expert in health and risk communication, gives great insight on the topic. There are many parallels to the field of addiction recovery, as well.

READING ASSIGNMENTS

WEBINAR 1:

  1. “How to create a Home for Lasting Recovery,” Love First, Ch. 18, p. 71-74. Read Time: 3 min 30 sec.
  2. “Writing Your Bottom Line,” Love First, Ch. 37, p. 164-169. Read Time: 6 min.
  3. Something Interesting: Check out the example in Love First, on page 287.
  4. “Our Relationship with an Addicted Loved One,” Love First, Ch. 9, p. 37-41. Read Time: 4 min

WEBPAGE: Social norms and social influence

Social scientists Rachel McDonald and Christian Crandall discuss the history and power of social norms. They also share new insights and show how creating positive social norms bring real change.

VIDEO: Chris Voss, “Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It.”

We found a lot in common with the negotiating techniques of Chris Voss and clinical intervention. Chris is an engaging communicator with very useful content. This is part of the “Talks on Google” series.

READING ASSIGNMENTS

WEBINAR 2:

  1. “The ARC Technique for Answering Objections.” Love First, Ch. 40, p. 185. Read Time: 6 minutes
  2. “Sample Intervention Letter.” Love First, p. 161-163. Read Time: 3 minutes, 30 seconds
  3. “Skills: Hostage Negotiation Meets Intervention,” Love First, p. 190-198. Reading Time: 10 minutes

VIDEO: The Art of Choosing

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research.

VIDEO: Introduction: The Tiny Habits Method

This short video gives you an introduction to the Tiny Habits, a method created by BJ Fogg, PhD, of Stanford University.

ARTICLE: Does Your Office Have a Jargon Problem?

While most people find jargon annoying, it remains a staple of the workplace. It does have its uses, but, according to the authors’ research, jargon can also result from insecurity and a desire for status. There are four steps you can take to mitigate the problem.

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about challenges families face, and how the Structured Family Recovery process helped bring them back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families.

ARTICLE: Alcoholics Anonymous vs. Other Approaches: The Evidence Is Now In

Blockbuster New York Times article on the Cochrane review of hundreds of studies. For a long time, medical researchers were unsure whether Alcoholics Anonymous worked better than other approaches to treating people with alcohol use disorder. We now have thorough-going evidence.

5-DAY CHALLENGE: “Tiny Habits,” Stanford 

This is a free, guided behavior design challenge. Sign up on March 18th to be included for this upcoming week. It will guide you on the assignment you were given and give you email support through the week. Good luck everybody!

WEBPAGE w/VIDEO: The Elements of Choice

Eric Johnson explains how we can design better end-to-end decision-making processes. Going well beyond the familiar concepts of nudges and defaults, he offers a systematic guide to creating effective choice architectures. Don’t miss the video at the bottom of the page.

READING ASSIGNMENTS

WEBINAR 3:

  1. 5-Day Challenge: “Tiny Habits” from Stanford University. Sign up on March 18. If you can’t sign up in time, just read the “Tiny Tasks” assignment below.
  2. “Tiny Tasks,” It Takes a Family, Ch. 8, pg. 73-84. Reading Time: 15 minutes.
  3. Listen to “The Family Recovery Experience, Pt. 2,” one of The Best Minds podcasts.

ARTICLE: Evaluating the Concept of Choice in Healthcare

The paper focuses on why patient choice is important but also demonstrates that choice is not necessarily a good thing in healthcare.

BOOK: Words Can Change Your Brain

In our default state, our brains constantly get in the way of effective communication.But Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Waldman have discovered a powerful strategy called Compassionate Communication that allows two brains to work together as one.

PODCAST: The Family Recovery Experience, Part 2

Debra Jay and Kathy Row, MA, talk about challenges families face, and how the Structured Family Recovery process helped bring them back together. They discuss the nuts and bolts of SFR, the specific parts of the SFR meetings, and how they benefit families.

BOOK: The Art of Choosing

Whether mundane or life-altering, these choices define us and shape our lives. Sheena Iyengar asks the difficult questions about how and why we choose: Is the desire for choice innate or bound by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests?

It Takes a Family 2nd edition by Debra Jay
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