Debra Jay – Detachment And The Brain


Family members and other people who have a close relationship with an addict requires detaching from the problem and engaging in solution.


This video made by Love first clinical services and is hosted by Willing Ways Video Channel. This video is about how the brain of loved one’s of an addict gets affected.

Debra Jay is a well known author, lecturer and interventionist. Debra worked for the Hazelden Foundation as an inpatient addiction therapist with both men and women in primary and extended care. She also facilitated the family program and coordinated the older adult program. She has worked as an interventionist since 1996. Debra Jay speaks nationally at professional conferences, and writes a newspaper column on alcohol and drug addiction. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

In this video Debra Jay talks about family members and other people who have a close relationship with an addict. Debra jay talks about detaching from the problem and engaging in solution. She explains Amygdala, a little almond shaped part of the brain that resides in the primitive brain and it is where our survival instinct resides. When a family keeps on going through various issues that are really difficult on them emotionally, in such case the part of brain which responses is Amygdala. It does not ask for permission before it reacts because of the fact that its job is our survival so it acts really fast. Such that it remembers thing or sees thing that we may not see at all. Similarly living with the stress of an addict often time comes from over active Amygdala that’s been trained to react very quickly to the constant bombardment from living with addiction. As we move further in video Debra Jay talks about Prefrontal cortex. When Amygdala indicates danger it reacts very quickly then it takes longer with our conscious mind to catch up with that but when it does, real value weighs.

Not only adults but it also affects the developing brain of children who live with an addict. As the brain is developing it actually changes how the brain cells connect with one another and hence changes the structure of the brain. As a result it changes how the brain actually functions which eventually results in increased emotional issues in adulthood and can even cause psychological problems.

Dr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways Pakistan, and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) Limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. Dr. Sadaqat’s name was included in the international Who’s Who directory of professionals which was the first ever distinction of any Pakistani doctor. The print and electronic media have interviewed him extensively. He appears frequently on national TV channels expressing his views on drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, suicide prevention and home runaways. He loves to train people on how to intervene if a family member indulges in self-destructive behaviors. He is running a number of national facilities. Willing ways for outdoor and Sadaqat Clinic for indoor treatment of addiction and alcoholism.

Following are some of Dr Sadaqat Ali’s TV appearances:

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