Jeff Jay

Jeff Jay


Jeff Jay is a clinical interventionist and addiction specialist. He has been working with addicts and their families for more than 30 years. His work has appeared on CNN, The Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and many professional journals. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he is a certified addictions professional and a certified intervention professional. He has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington D.C., and on the boards of directors for the Michigan Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Dawn Farm and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association of Greater Detroit. In addition, he currently serves on the advisory board of Jefferson House in Detroit, Michigan, and on the editorial board of Human Development magazine.

Jay is also a popular writer. He co-wrote the best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention (2008) and At Wit’s End: What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness (2007). His latest book from Hazelden publishers is Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption (2015).

The head of a national private practice that provides intervention and Structured Family Recovery™ services, Jay says he is “passionate about intervention for a very simple reason: intervention saved my life.” A former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, his personal recovery from addiction began on October 4, 1981.

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