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 menï¿½s and womenï¿½s 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 womenï¿½s 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.