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This revised and expanded third edition of the gold-standard for intervention provides clear steps for harnessing the power of family, friends, and professionals to create a better future with loved ones suffering r from addiction.
Over the course of the last twenty years, Love First has become the go-to intervention guide for tens of thousands of families. This trailblazing book empowers and equips families and friends to use the power of love and honesty to give their addicted loved ones a chance to reach for help. Updated with the latest addiction science as well as insights gained from decades of front-line experience in family interventions, this revised and expanded edition contains practical tools for taking the next step together: transforming the intervention team into an ongoing community of loving support, lasting accountability, and lifelong recovery.
Jeff Jay has been helping alcoholics, addicts and their families for over 30 years. He is a clinical interventionist and counselor. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and many professional journals. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a certified intervention professional.
Jeff has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and on the boards of directors for the Association of Intervention Specialists, the Michigan Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Dawn Farm, and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association of Greater Detroit. He currently serves on the advisory board of Jefferson House, in Detroit, MI. More information at: http://www.lovefirst.net/
"I am passionate about intervention for a very simple reason," says Jeff. "Intervention saved my life."
Jeff heads a national private practice that provides intervention and family recovery services. He is a member of the editorial board of Human Development magazine. He is is a former staff member of the Hazelden Foundation, Brighton Hospital and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981. He is a boater, scuba diver, traveler, and writer.
Debra Jay is the author of No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, published by Bantam in 2006. She has also co-authored the bestseller, Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention, and Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence.
Ms. Jay regularly appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for 3 seasons as an addictions expert. She has most recently been seen on The Dr. Oz Show. She is a nationally renowned public speaker and has been writing a newspaper column on alcohol and drugs since 1996.
She is in private practice, providing intervention training and consultation services to families throughout the United States and globally. She previously worked as an addiction clinician for the Hazelden Foundation.