(Presentation date April 21, 2015)

Course Description

Intervention is a highly effective technique for initiating the recovery process in individuals suffering from chemical dependency. Through their extensive work in intervention, Jeff and Debra Jay have found that love is a powerful force for confronting chemical dependency, and they have developed a detailed “love first” intervention process that maximizes the potential for a successful outcome. This course will describe why it is appropriate for others to intervene with a person with addiction does not seem ready to initiate recovery on his/her own, and steps to take to organize an effective intervention. Jeff and Debra Jay are dynamic, highly experienced speakers who will describe how their “love first” process compassionately and effectively breaks through denial and brings about a moment of clarity – and hope – that allows a person with addictions to accept help and often makes “tough love” unnecessary. The learning material is liberally interwoven with compassion, humor, personal stories and real-life descriptions. The course provides practical, helpful, hopeful information about the intervention process, and will assist clinicians to learn ways to work with families who are considering intervention.


The goals of this presentation are to:

  1. Increase participants’ understanding as to why intervention is an appropriate technique for facilitating initiation of the recovery process in chemically dependent individuals.
  2. Provide participants with an overview of the steps and techniques used in the “Love First” intervention process.


After completing this program participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. State two or more characteristics of chemical dependency that interfere with the chemically dependent person’s ability to seek help for his/her disease.
  2. State one or more reason(s) why intervention is important for the family as well as for the person with addiction.
  3. State five or more key elements to a successful intervention using the “Love First” model.

About the Presenters

Jeff Jay and Debra Jay; Intervention specialists.

debraJay-300x300 Jeff JayDebra and Jeff are internationally-known professional intervention specialists, authors, educators and speakers. Their private practice provides intervention and recovery mentoring services nation-wide, and they are popular presenters at conferences and on national media. Debra is a graduate of Ohio State University. She worked for the Hazelden Foundation as an inpatient addiction therapist in primary and extended care, facilitated the family program, and coordinated the older adult program. Debra speaks nationally at professional conferences, and writes a newspaper column on alcohol and drug addiction. She has been a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has been seen on The Dr. Oz Show. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a certified addiction professional. He is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and in professional journals. Jeff has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and on the boards of directors for several professional organizations (including Dawn Farm.) Jeff and Debra are co-authors of the best-selling book, “Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” (Hazelden, 2008.) Jeff also coauthored “At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness” (Hazelden, 2007). Debra is the author of “It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety” and also coauthored the books No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” (Bantam, 2006) and “Aging and Addiction” (Hazelden, 2002.)

Number of CE Hours Offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC. A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.

Course Content

Lessons Status