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Why Do They Drink? The Mindset of an Alcoholic

Do you ever wonder why some alcoholics and drug addicts recover and put their lives together while others die from this horrible worldwide problem? What gives them the physical and mental strength to fight this battle and come out winning?  These questions, and the author’s tragedy to losing her husband and daughter from their alcohol abuse, encouraged this writing. 

Here is a book, not only for the substance abusers, but for family members, society, doctors, and counselors to learn, not only what the addict is looking for with support to help them through with their recovery, but new ways to help the addicted. You will learn that childhood emotional wounds mold us into what we become in adulthood. 

What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is a book of personal stories by thirty-four alcoholics and drug users from all walks of life. The first few years of recovery in substance abuse contain numerous pitfalls which addicts in recovery must have the right kind of help with. The best-intention of friends, family, lovers, and co-workers can be healthy supports or obstacles to long-term sobriety. Addicts sharing their experience, strength and hope with others is something that only a recovering addict or alcoholic can do. It is a unique gift. 

This book contains the testimonies of individuals who were or are actively in a recovery program and wanted to share their habit and actions with their struggles trying to overcome their own addiction. Their main goal is to help others who are fighting with their recovery and sobriety. 

These are their own stories on how their addiction led to the devastation of losing control of their life, family, friends and the death of other family members from this disease we call Alcoholism. Their desire is to lift other substances abusers, especially young people, in learning the reality that it’s not that drinking and taking drugs may, could or would kill. It will. 

Hopefully, the heartfelt honesty from the participants will help doctors and counselors to use their stories for their own study on what may be missing in the treatment methods. 

The personal testaments within What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is an added tool as to how people are affected, and how they suffer long-term drinking habits from living in an active alcoholic family. 

As one contributor wrote, “I was tired of getting sick, my hands shaking, my vision deteriorating, my nose bleeding, my bowels moving sporadically, the violence and running from many situations being paranoid to the point of staying home all day (I had a job, a husband, family), not sleeping and not feeling safe.” What alcoholic or addict is not going to relate to these emotions?

What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict, along with all other books by Alberta Sequeira, are in Amazon in paperback or Kindle. The book is free in KDP Select. 

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Meet and Greet

 
 
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Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016

Location: Smokey Bones, 1023 County Street (Route 140) Taunton, MA 02780

Time: 11:30am to 2:30pm

RSVP: September 12, 2016

Price: $5.00 at the door/ Refreshments Included

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Authors Without Borders would like to invite authors, artists, poets, writers, publishers, book agents, anyone in the publishing world to our event.

Come, enjoy refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere. Opportunity to meet others to find answers to questions we all have individually with writing, promoting, marketing and getting that book into publication. What works for some and not others? Let’s unite, network and find solutions that will move us to the next level. 

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Learn What the Alcoholic Wants from Us

WHAT IS AND ISN'T WORKING FOR THE ALCOHOLIC AND ADDICT: IN THEIR OWN WORDS

 

by Alberta Sequeira

ISBN: 97814921382

Publisher Create Space

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Book Description

Do you ever wonder why some alcoholics and drug addicts recover and put their lives together while others die from this horrible worldwide problem? What gives them the physical and mental strength to fight this battle and come out winning? Here is a book, not only for the substance abusers, but for family members, society, doctors, and counselors to learn, not only what the addict is looking for with support to help them through with their recovery, but new ways to help the addicted. You will learn that childhood emotional wounds mold us into what we become in adulthood.

Review

Format: Paperback
I have learned a lot from family and friends who are in recovery and this book took it one level deeper. The stories are raw, honest and heartfelt from the people who lived through the pain and came out on the other side. I would recommend this book to family members or friends who want to know how an addict/alcoholic thinks. It's also could be a good way to open a conversation with a loved one who is struggling to come to grips with whether they have a problem. We all want to know the right way to handle things and I think Alberta's book gives us insight that there is no "pat" answer that applies to every addict. Bravo to the folks telling their stories! ~Tom Cirignano

Review:

Alberta Sequeira’s book is a valuable compilation which immerses you deeply within the delusional workings of the alcoholic and drug addicted mindset.  What better source of insight and understanding could there be than the thoughts and beliefs of those afflicted with the disease?  Search no further.  There is none!  ~Thomas M. Cirignano, Author of The Constant Outsider and 67 Cents 

Addicts Statements: 

Negotiating the ups and downs of the first few years of recovery contain numerous pitfalls which those in recovery must have the right kind of help with.  The best-intention of friends, family, lovers, and co-workers can be healthy supports or obstacles to long-term sobriety. Having the addicts tell their story of what worked for them and what didn’t or doesn’t work would be a most helpful addition to the literature on the subject of addiction and recovery. Addicts sharing their experience, strength and hope with others is something that only a recovering addict or alcoholic can do. It is a unique gift.  ~John Daubney, Author, Mentor, and RetreatLeader     

     I was tired of getting sick, my hands shaking, my vision deteriorating, my nose bleeding, my bowels moving sporadically, not sleeping and feeling safe, along with the violence and running from many situations being paranoid to the point of staying home all day.  ~CW

       I would tell doctors and counselors to listen to us.  We are drinking for a reason, but we can’t stop on our own.  Help us to identify the reason we are drinking.  What are we afraid of?  What are we trying to hide, our insecurities, our short-comings?  Maybe we just don’t like who we are sober and truly believe we are better people when we are drinking or using drugs.  Most of all treat us as humans, not a disease.  ~Anonymous

          It was very enjoyable to write this and take a look back at the journey to recovery!  It helps a lot with letting go.  The past does not define me anymore.  It also reinforces the gratitude I have for sobriety.  ~ Anonymous

The Effect trying to give up Marijuana

Yes, 29 minutes is a long time to watch a video. It all depends on how badly you want help with your addiction. 
This video will show you how marijuana is dangerous and a fight to give up. 

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Should Massachusetts Legalize Marijuana

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It's scary that this substance has the chance to be legalized in Massachusetts. When are we going to say no to laws that are dangerous to our children, parents, friends, siblings, or just human beings?

If you are not fighting drugs or alcohol abuse in your family, this is another uninteresting topic to put a checkmark next to with voting. Another question that so many have no understanding of the dangers by checking off "yes." 

This is the beginning of drug use, and this use will take you deeper into hell than you can imagine. I lost a husband and daughter to substance abuse. I talked behind closed doors at halfway homes, court-ordered programs and rehabilitation centers to addicts who admitted to starting off innocently with marijuana. 

Their lives are upside down with losing family, children, jobs, homes, friends, and sadly, themselves. They have no idea how to wake up in the morning and feel normal...which included being happy and working everyday like most of us. Now, normal to them is looking for the high to start the day and end with it. Their minds are mush. They can't think or do anything but lay in a corner while their bodies are slowly dying. 

What harm can it do? After all, it helps people. Yes, in many cases it does with an illness. Let the "yes" come from professionals who knows the person needs it for their medical reasons.

Doctors and counselors can't get the death rate down now, so why add marijuana to the list. Stop taking the easy way out with marking the "yes" box. Help us who are trying to stop the drug use. Marking "yes" is like passing out the drug yourself. You have become a drug dealer!

You never know when you or a loved one will be in this category and have a law passed that will send one of you to a cemetery. 

Alberta Sequeira: www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com

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Helping the Alcoholic Make Choices

Alberta at Tony's

Many family members have a hard time detaching from the alcoholic. We react to the problem, which is what they want us to do. We feel guilty if we don't hold up the alcoholic. If we spend all our energy on the alcoholic, we become part of the problem.

If the alcoholic keeps coming to you with the same problem over and over again, tell them to come back and talk later when they can think of an opportunity or solution to their problem.  

Here is an example: Say your son/daughter calls claiming their mate has left with the children leaving them alone. They can't afford to pay the rent or bills. They will become homeless with no job. They ask to come home. 

Now, your "parent" reaction is to save them. Step back, take a deep breath, and slowly with no anger or judging, tell them you love them and would like to help. Explain that you have seen them with an addiction problem, and if they are willing to go into treatment to get help, you will help them in any way possible. 

Tell them to call their job site and see if they have an employee assistance program for alcohol addiction and see if they will make the arrangements that day to get them into the location. Let them take responsibility of their illness by letting them make the call. Also, have them call the apartment administrator and explain about going into an recovery program. If you can afford it, you would be willing to help make some payments for their rent to keep the place open for when they come home. 

At this point they are desperate and may agree.  If they refuse, say to them, "It's your choice. If you change your mind call me." Keep your focus on yourself, rather being caught up in the crisis. This reaction from you can be the first step for them to realize where their life is heading without professional help. Don't enable! If they still say no, don't carry the guilt of their added problems. It's theirs, not yours. Know by putting this choice in their hands is a way of getting them into a recovery program.  

Remember, focusing on the alcoholic is focusing on the problem. Walking away from it, keeps you from being trapped in the problem. Don't become the manager of the alcoholic's problems, become the team who creates solutions.

Stepping back is love. We think it isn't. Doing everything for their problems is not helping them, and we bring them deeper into their addiction. We can love and support them, but they have to do the work to recover. They have to do it for themselves because they want to get sober. 

Alberta Sequeira
Email: [email protected]: Website: www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com

 

Should Massachusetts Legalize Marijuana

 
 
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I have just read “Marijuana linked to fatal crashes” in the AAA Horizons newspaper.  It states, “A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that fatal crashes involving drivers who had recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug in late 2012.”  This is not the first state who had legalized this drug and experienced fatal accidents that led to an innocent person’s life or the user from marijuana.  

The article also states, “Some states have enacted limits that make it illegal to drive with a certain concentration of the drug’s active ingredient in one’s blood.”  Why legalize a drug and then it has to be watched on how much is too much?  It is impossible for the police to know when a person is getting into a car and decide they should not be behind the wheel.  They find out once the accident happens and lives are taken.  People at the location watching the user don’t notify the police because they say, “Oh, they can drive, they’re okay.”  That is reality. 

Marijuana is illegal in 26 states while four states, including Washington, have legalized it for recreational use. The remaining 20 states, including New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, have legalized it for medial use.  I believe in this drug being ordered by a doctor for someone with a serious health problem that can be controlled or bring comfort to their pain.

Massachusetts will soon be voting on passing marijuana into the legal stage for our state.  I hope everyone takes the time to think with a clear mind about passing this law. 

I lost my husband, Richard Lopes, and my daughter, Lori (Lopes) Cahill of North Dighton from alcohol abuse.  From my losses, I became an author writing books about the effect of alcoholism on the whole family and the reality of the life behind closed doors living with an alcoholic.  I also became a motivational speaker on addiction and entered halfway homes, substance abuse rehabilitation centers and court-ordered programs to not only talk to the patients, but listen to their reasons for starting on alcohol and drug abuse.

A high percentage of the users admitted to starting out with marijuana.  Their friends pushed the drug on them claiming how wonderful you feel.  One man told me that he could not understand why he was in a drug facility for only using marijuana.  I told him that if it was not a problem, he wouldn’t be there and he should take advantage being with professionals and look at it as a chance to break the habit before it went into heavier drugs. 

Substance abuse is a worldwide problem that even doctors and counselors are trying to find ways to get the death rate down from the use.  If families have no one fighting addiction, this new law coming up may be looked at as “What harm can it do, especially if it helps a sick person?”  There is the difference, the use for the sick or pass it out to anyone for what they call “recreation.”

If you are on the other side of a family who is or has slowly watched a loved one killing themselves with alcohol and drug abuse, you look at this law as another drug that could become a suicidal weapon for our children, a parent, a relative, or a friend. 

Like most states, they look at certain things to pass that will bring in money.  The states who have passed this law have already had articles written on how the use of marijuana has brought in billions of dollars for them.  Yes, billions!  This reason is why the use is being pushed to pass instead of fearing what it may do to a person using it.  It’s all about money from my outlook. 

Any drug leads to another one that is needed to make it stronger and stronger.  Alcoholics drink a certain amount of liquor until they realize that they need more to make them get higher into a stage they call “relaxed.”  The more the addicted use and the longer, they reach the point of not being able to stop.  Another family is burying a loved one from addiction. 

Do you ever hear the expression, “We are just a number?”  No one is looked at as a human being anymore whether being in a job or someone struggling to get sober.  A patient may enter numerous times into rehabs and hospitals and have left the professionals watching them go out the door saying, “They will be back.”  Why not say, “We have to find a way to help this poor soul fighting for sobriety?”  

Please, think clearly and intelligently, when you go to vote on this issue.  Once you pass it, the law is here to stay.  Leave it in the doctor’s hands on who needs marijuana and who doesn’t for health reasons.

 

Alberta Sequeira: www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com: [email protected]

 

 

 

What should you be eating if you have a fatty liver?

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I usually write about alcohol or drug addiction. There are all kinds of addiction. What about food? June 23, 2016, I had a doctor's appointment and had a result that stopped me in my track. My doctor told me I had a "fatty liver." The frightening part was that he stated that you can get cirrhosis of the liver, and he had two patients who developed it from an unhealthy  diet.

I write often about alcoholics who die from cirrhosis, including my husband and my daughter. Theirs had been from drinking. I don't drink often. Maybe 4 glasses in a year. How could I get this and be in a category of cirrhosis of the liver? What happened to me with the news was absolute fear.

"How do you get a fatty liver," I asked.

Of course, his reply was, "From fatty foods." We eat all day long and don't think of what we are eating and how it can slowly kill us. How often do we say, "I don't eat much all day." You may not, but it is what you are eating. "Gee, I only had a Big Mack." Well, that Big Mack has 1,200 calories. Did you count the fries or soda with tons of sugar along with the fat count?

I came home and faced reality being a heart patient with a pacemaker and being diabetic that I better find out what was happening, because I have always been inline with my diet with my A1C results being good and nothing to worry about to control it. Diabetes on my mother's side of the family is very high. Relatives have lost toes, or worse, legs. 

I found what had changed it. I had a hip problem for over 2 months and stopped exercising from the pain. I had pain in my stomach and intestines from having two doses of prednisone back to back to try to help my hip, and it upset my digestive system so I stopped eating the salads and other foods that kept my Coumadin on the right levels. So what did I go for? The carbs, because they actually helped my stomach feel better, the crackers, toast, and other high carbs. 

Hearing the results of a fatty liver made me realize that exercise is more important than  we stop to think. So forget the excuses of not having time, too tired, came home too late, and so forth. Find a good tape, like Power Walking and do it in the privacy of your home. I am a senior and need the work more than when I was younger. Find the time! 

I'm sure I am not the only one having a fatty liver. I had a CT scan for something else when my liver showed up on the screen. It was a blessing. Imagine how many people are walking around with no idea their liver is being destroyed? I could have been one. This is what is happening to alcoholics and drug addicts. 

Like most of us do, I ran to the computer to look up the foods I need to bring into my diet and pray I find the strength to stay with it. We are odd creatures that need a scare to make us wake up and get on the right path. I am going to share an article I found. It is long, but it might save you. Print it out and put it somewhere, take it grocery shopping with you and be serious with the new you. 

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November 5, 2012 Liver Doctor's Articles Comments Off on What Should You Be Eating If You Have a Fatty Liver? 

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Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease worldwide and will have a major impact on the health care requirements of many countries in the future.  NAFLD can progress to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. These are the reasons I have done a lot of research into the diet and nutritional therapies that can reverse the pathology of NAFLD.
     The liver possesses remarkable properties of repair and renewal and it is possible to completely reverse NAFLD if it is detected early enough. We are seeing NAFLD in a much younger population and it is not uncommon in overweight children.  This is worrying because the earlier in life you develop a fatty liver, the more likely you are to develop complications.
     I have developed a very specific way of eating, which is designed to:
Reduce the fat in the liver
Minimize liver damage
Improve the function of insulin
Make weight loss easier
     This is not a low-fat low-calorie diet, and unlike those old fashioned diets, will not leave you hungry and tired. It is not a high protein diet either but rather provides you with first class protein regularly throughout the day, along with plenty of vegetables and some good fats.
     Enjoy this way of eating, as your liver will definitely thank you for it!
With your meals it is ideal to include:
Raw plant food, especially raw vegetables. A maximum of 2 pieces of fruit daily are allowed while you are trying to lose weight. Most fruits are fairly high in sugar.  Vegetables contain very little sugar, therefore you can eat unlimited quantities.
Cooked vegetables of different varieties including some starchy vegetables (except potatoes); this will compensate for the fact that you will not be eating bread, biscuits and sugary desserts.
     First class protein from one or more of the following choices –
Any seafood, canned or fresh (not smoked or deep-fried)
Poultry
Lean fresh red meats
Eggs – organic or free range
Legumes (beans, chickpeas or lentils) & raw nuts & seeds
Protein powder – make sure it does not contain sugar; ideally use Synd-X Slimming Protein powder which is sweetened with the herb stevia. You can use this powder to make delicious smoothies.
     Extra Tip:
Satisfy your hunger
You may eat enough to satisfy your natural hunger at every meal and snack. Those who work in occupations requiring high physical exertion or those who do a lot of sport will need to eat larger amounts. Listen to your body and follow your natural instincts when it comes to the amount of food you need to eat to feel satisfied and happy. It is not how much you eat that counts, it is what you are eating that is so important for your liver and insulin levels.
     Quick easy healthy snacks
Healthy in between meal snacks may include –
Canned seafood (sardines, salmon, mackerel, crab meat or tuna) – one small can mixed with the juice of ½ a fresh lemon or 1 Tbsp of natural yoghurt and fresh chopped herbs.
A protein smoothie made with coconut milk or almond milk and 3 tablespoons fresh or frozen berries.
     Raw nuts and seeds of any variety by themselves, or with 1 piece of fresh fruit. Fresh nuts are best and you can add salt to them if desired. Use one handful of nuts maximum.
Raw vegetables – good examples are carrot, cucumber, zucchini, or celery sticks, or broccoli florets dipped into tahini, hummus or freshly mashed avocado.
     Raw fruit – one to two pieces of fruit by itself – or with 10 raw nuts or plain yoghurt.
Avocado Dip or Bean Dip with sticks of raw vegetables or par-steamed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower.
     A raw vegetable juice – one glass full.
Remember to stay away from or minimize the following danger foods–
Sugar and candy; some cheap chocolates contain hydrogenated vegetable oils which are most unhealthy. If you do indulge in a little chocolate the best types are dark chocolate with a minimum of 70 percent cocoa solids.
Foods containing flour.
     “Diet foods” that claim to be slimming – they are usually low in fat and high in sugar or artificial sweeteners, eg. Diet yogurts, diet jams, diet ice-cream, diet sodas, etc; These diet foods are not slimming; they are very fattening.
Fried snacks – such as potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, crackers, etc.
Pizza
Fried take away foods.
Biscuits – both sweet and savoury varieties, as they contain flour, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and if sweet will be high in sugar.
Crumpets, muffins, bagels, white bread and donuts.

My book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It contains an easy to follow eating plan with recipes specifically designed to reverse a fatty liver.  If you have been diagnosed with a fatty liver, you should find that you get faster results if you combine the right diet with a good liver tonic.

https://www.amazon.com/Fatty-Liver-You-Can-Reverse/dp/0967398398/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466724982&sr=8-1&keywords=you+can+reverse+it

HOW AND WHY I WROTE MY FIRST NON-FICTION BOOK

 

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First of all, I had no intentions of ever writing a book. Honestly. It was when my father, Brigadier General, Albert Gramm, died of cancer that I wanted to leave a book to my family members and future generations about his military status. We seem to take our loved ones for granted while they are with us.

He had been one commanding officer of the 26th Yankee Division in the Army during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles of Lorraine, Metz and The Battle of the Bulge. I wrote to the Yankee Division Magazine and put an ad in to those who might have known my father. Slowly, the emails, letters and telephone calls came and I was sad to realize that I had let a great history go when Dad died in 1990.

He had been dying of cancer and he had hoped to go to Medjugorje in Bosnia to be in the presence of 6 visionaries having apparitions with The Blessed Mother since 1981 and still are to this day. He had hoped he would have been cured. Dad was too sick to make the trip.

I took care of him for his last 2 weeks with my family and saw a side of his faith that touched my heart. He held his rosary daily in his hands trying to say this blessed prayer every day while his concentration was leaving him. He had promised Our Lady that if she got him home safely to his family from the war, that he would say this prayer every day of his life, which he was struggling to do. This is when I learned in my forties for the very first time how to say this prayer. When he died in 1990, I was given his rosary and have said them faithfully.

Miracles happened to me after my father’s death, and I wanted to go to Medjugorje for his souls and A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje had been published. I came to realize, I thought I had gone for him but went more so for myself to return to my faith after fighting a losing battle of Alcohol Abuse in our family with my husband, living in fear and confusion from his abuse with two daughters. I added his military life and my pilgrimage into this one book. It is a wonderful, warm story, with lots of photo about family, faith and miracles.

Once it went into print, I had come to realize how much I enjoyed writing. I struggled with the thought of writing my life story with Richie’s drinking and our life with our daughters, Debbie and Lori, behind closed doors. This is when Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round: An Alcoholic Family in Crisis came into print. Richie died at forty-five years of age in 1985 at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

To my sadness, our family discovered my daughter, Lori, had been following the same path as her dad since her early teen years. We never knew until she was thirty-seven years old when she died in 2006 at thirty-nine from the same horrible, worldwide disease. I wrote with tears each day about her addiction that was so well hidden and the last 2 years battle for recovery in rehabs three times to not come through it.

I had buried her alongside of her father at the St. Patrick Cemetery in Somerset, Massachusetts. Lori left two wonderful grandchildren, Joe and Meagan. Our daughter, Debbie and her husband Brian, took them in to live as one family. Joe got out of the Marines two years ago, found a wonderful girl, and Meagan got married December of last year. The sequel, Please, God, Not Two: This Killed Called Alcoholism was born and published about Lori’s three alcoholic rehab stays to only lose her life at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts.

I took my pain and became an author and speaker on Alcoholism. I felt there was a message to be shared with substance abusers, family members, counselors and doctors with what I had learned with their suffering. That is why I wrote the books.

I then wanted to know what I could have or should have done to help Richie and Lori and decided to put my first Narrative Non-Fiction together. Who else to get answers from than the person who is suffering from this disease…the alcoholic, drug user and prescription users. I wrote What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Drug Addict: In Their Own Words. Thirty-four contributors wrote their hearts out on who in the family drank, why, what age they started, why, how they recovered, what family can do to help them desire the help from professionals and how they recovered.

We all have reasons to write. Mine was to share my mistakes that I could have done differently with Richie and Lori. I was young with no education or knowledge on this disease. Could I have saved them? Maybe not, because I learned they have to want the help, but I would have lived more peacefully thinking I did the best I could at the time.

Alberta Sequeira

 

Meet Alberta Sequeira on Sunday, June 12, 2016/Speaking and Signing Books

Calendar of Events - The Lafayette Durfee House, 94 Cherry Street, Fall River, MA
2016

Don't miss Sunday, June 12, 2016 meeting author and speaker, Alberta Sequeira.

http://www.lafayettedurfeehouse.org/events.html

 

Alberta at Tony's
Author Series - Alberta Sequeira
Sun Jun 12th 1:00pm - 4:00pm/ 94 Cherry Street, Fall River, MA 
book signing author presentation

Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis (about losing my husband), its sequel, Please God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism (about losing my daughter) and the Narrative Non-Fiction, written by 34 alcoholic and drug uses, as the conclusion to the mindset of the addicted, What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words.

Reason: There will be a small introduction to each book and how they follow each other. The rest of my time will be spent talking on “The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family” from my experience of losing two loved ones from this disease.

Presentation
I will bring you behind closed doors of a family’s private life of hardships and struggles with alcohol abuse. You will hear the reality of the the constant confusion, disappointments, broken promises and fear of physical and emotional abuse.

From losing a husband and daughter to this horrible, worldwide disease, I will talk of ways to make healthy decisions for yourself and those towards the alcoholic.

You will hear a few stories from 34 alcoholic and drug uses who contributed their life stories to my book What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict, to help you understand their mindset with going into recovery. What do they need and want from us for help? I will also give a small talk that I present to the substance abusers in halfway homes, court-ordered programs and rehabilitation centers.

Website: "Journey Through Alcohol Abuse" at www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com

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