Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

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Hazelden, 2000 - Self-Help - 264 pages
If alcoholics and addicts won't accept help until they're ready, what gets them ready? This book provides an answer in clear, concise terms. Dispelling two damaging myths -- that an addict has to hit bottom and that intervention must be confrontational -- the authors' proven approach puts love first and shows families, step by step, what to do next.

"A convincing new approach to intervention that puts love and respect first." Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

"Building a team, choosing a chairperson, anticipating objections, using checklists, and rehearsing for the intervention itself -- the reader will find it all here!" Robert M. Morse, M.D., Professor emeritus, psychiatry, Mayo Medical School and Former director of Addictive Disorders Services, Mayo Clinic.

"Love First is destined to become the new classic on intervention for alcoholism and drug addiction. The most comprehensive book available on the life-saving technique of intervention, Love First will save lives! A worthy successor to Vernon Johnson┐s I┐ll Quit Tomorrow."
--Kathy Ketcham, Coauthor, Beyond the Influence and The Spirituality of Imperfection

"Love First provides the most detailed account yet of how intervention works. A significant contribution to intervention literature. An empowering antidote to the disease of addiction."
--William l. White, author Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment

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About the author (2000)

A graduate of the University of Minnesota & a certified alcohol & drug counselor, Jeff Jay is president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, D.C., & director of Program Development/CIO at Brighton Hospital Treatment Center in Brighton, Michigan.

Debra Jay is nationally recognized public speaker and writes a newspaper column on alcohol and drug addiction. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Hazelden School of Addiction Studies. She is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course on Public Speaking. Debra is author of No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Bantam). She is coauthor of the books Love First and Aging and Addiction. Debra worked for the Hazelden Foundation as an inpatient addiction therapist on both men┐s and women┐s units in primary care. She facilitated the family program, coordinated the older adult program, and worked in the extended care, aftercare and outpatient programs. She designed an outpatient family program. She also supervised the women┐s unit. She has worked as a clinical interventionist since 1996. Her title, It Takes a Family, made forthcoming books best seller list for the Spring of 2014.

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