Lecture by Interventionist specialists and best-selling authors Jeff and Debra Jay
WHAT: A FREE presentation by Jeff and Debra Jay; internationally-known Intervention experts, best-selling authors and popular media personalities!
Can others help when an addict/alcoholic doesn’t seem to want help? Do family and friends have to wait for the addict/alcoholic to “hit bottom?” What if the “bottom” is death, jail or insanity?
Through the intervention process, people who care learn how to use love and honesty to break through the denial that keeps an addict or alcoholic locked in the downward spiral of his/her disease. The intervention process helps “raise the bottom” to where the alcoholic/addict is, rather than waiting for him/her to become sicker and “hit bottom” on his/her own. Intervention brings about a moment of clarity that allows an addict/alcoholic to accept help.
Through their work in intervention, Jeff and Debra Jay have found that love is a powerful force for confronting addiction. Unlike practitioners who espouse a “tough love” approach, they found that love breaks through denial more effectively than toughness. With love first and good planning, “tough love” is often unnecessary.
WHEN and WHERE: “Intervention” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2009, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
WHO: Jeff and Debra Jay are dynamic, highly experienced speakers whose presentations are liberally interwoven with compassion, humor, personal stories and real-life descriptions
Jeff Jay is the co-author (with Debra Jay) of Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. A standard-setting book on intervention, Love First has helped tens of thousands of families, friends, and professionals create a loving and effective plan for helping those who suffer from addiction. First published in 2000, the second edition of Love First, revised and expanded, was published in 2008. Jeff also co-authored At Wit’s End, a book on co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. Jeff heads a private practice that provides intervention and crisis management services nationally. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online, Moyers on Addiction and other national broadcasts and has been featured in Parade Magazine, the Washington Post and numerous publications and professional journals. “I am passionate about intervention for a very simple reason,” says Jeff, “Intervention saved my life.”
Debra Erickson Jay is an addiction specialist, professional interventionist, and author. She provides intervention training and consultation services, with an additional specialty in older adult intervention. Debra has appeared frequently on “Oprah” and other nationally broadcast programs. She is a co-author (with Jeff Jay) of “Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction;” the author of “No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction;” and a co-author of “Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence.”
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT NEWS: This free program will bring PRACTICAL INFORMATION, HELP and HOPE to anyone who cares about an alcoholic or addict, and to anyone who wants to learn more about the intervention process. We’d like to ask your help to inform your readers of this unique opportunity to learn how “Love First” can help addicts and alcoholics find recovery.
BOOK SIGNING: Books by Jeff and Debra will be available for purchase and to have signed by the authors.
CONTACT INFORMATION: The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing addiction services. For information, your readers can contact Dawn Farm at 734/485-8725 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the web site at http://www.dawnfarm.org.
CE: Intervention and each program in the Education Series provides 1.5 free CE hours.