Debra Jay Shares at Betty Ford Center Women’s Symposium

This video is made by Hezelden Betty Ford Foundation and is hosted by Willing Ways Video Channel.

This video is about the important role families are to play when it comes to treating the loved one who is into Drug addiction/Alcoholism. 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.

Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited organization in Pakistan which is known for years helping the families and their loved one who fall prey to the chronic disease of drug addiction. We at Willing Ways provide the international standard treatment and are known for our results not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well. Our expertise does not end here we are recognized for our ‘counseling for change’ programs. Change that help individuals reach their goals that could not be accomplished because of some defined obstacles. We help remove those obstacles scientifically and hence a miracle happens.

In this video Debra highlights a very important point that generally an impression to the families is given that they need to stay out of this all and have no role to play in treatment. However the reality is that they have to get into treatment instantly and they have one of the most important role’s to play in addicts life. Answering the question regarding enabling, Debra mentions that it a term that is mostly used but is under analyzed. Enabling in simple words is allowing the addiction to continue which results in hurting not only the addict himself but eventually the family also suffers in pain. She explains that stopping enabling is not only saving the addict but the family as well which she further explains with some examples. Later Debra talks about family systems approach according to which the family needs to understand that it’s a family disease and all of the family members are affected in different ways. However the family members do not know about it because the focus remains on the addict. Normally a family is a whole but in case of addict’s the family it is splintered. That is why when it comes to treatment, families have the most important role to play and hence they need a vigorous training. Answering another question Debra shares that usually there is confusion among the families as well as the patients that treatment equals recovery. However that is not the case, because of the complex nature of a disease treatment is just a launching part and the recovery really starts when the treatment ends.

If you are interested in reading more material relevant to personal development please click on the following articles written by Dr. Sadaqat Ali:

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 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:

Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited center of excellence in the field of drug treatment and counseling. We have a history, while we started our operations in 1979 when Pakistan was suddenly hard hit by heroin epidemic. We bravely took the responsibility of making public aware that addiction is very much treatable at any stage and today we stand proud being the trusted leaders in the field of addiction treatment. We have our clientele not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well including UK, USA, Middle East and Europe.

At Willing Ways Pakistan the clients are treated scientifically – the secret of our long lasting standing in the field of addiction and counseling. We keep our team and our program up to date with the latest advancements while helping our clients through extensive, specialized and client centered treatment program. These programs are not only patient focused but an extensive work is done with family through what we call counseling for change. The major purpose of this program is to bring peace and serenity in the lives of those who have been suffering in silence, because of a family member’s addictive behavior. We equip families with a set of vital behaviors to produce results.

The programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the patient which eventually help them reach their ultimate goal of a serene life. Our organization comprises of a highly competent team that holds striking credentials and is not only well trained but also carries extensive know – how. We are a unique team of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Addiction counselors and Medical specialists involved in research and education, and who collaborate with each other within the institute to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.

We are leading the battle to conquer the disease in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches. Our mission is to prevent, treat and manage addiction for a world free of this illness and its complications.