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Promoting a Book

July 2, 2017

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Promoting is demanding your full attention, money invested, and absolute frustration. We’ve all been there, including me. I have so much to offer from my experiences living within and alcoholic family and losing two loved ones from the illness.

Illness is a debatable word to use because many believe it is just a habit a person doesn’t want to get out of to change. No one is wrong. I saw it as family history with alcohol abuse, others had no one who abused it.

I believe in What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict so strongly that I’m trying a new way to promote it. Not because I wrote the stories, but because 34 alcoholic, drug users, and prescription users wrote their stories themselves. They tell their stories on how they started, their family members with use and their deaths, what they think should change in recovery, how the counselors and doctors should help them and get honest with family members what they need from for support to develop the desire to get into recovery and get professional help.

I feel this is a great educational book to be added to libraries and highly recommended to halfway homes, rehabs and any location with addiction. Why? because the alcoholic and drug addict is talking directly to everyone. It’s not my story; it’s theirs. This is a book that can be used with group discussions and help family realize what they need to change with themselves.

My journey now is writing letters to these locations to introduce myself and the book. If I don’t, these very important locations with substance abusers will never know that What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict even exists.

Hopefully, locations will order one book to review and see if it fits their programs.

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When the Loss is Felt

June 11, 2017

After losing a loved one, people and events seem to trigger the pain. It takes us back to the reality that the substance abuser is gone and the wound seems raw again.

I had that experience on July 20, 2017, when Lori’s son, Joe Cahill married Laura Tavares. My daughter, Lori’s, name was actually Laura Lea Lopes.

Joe found a wonderful, loving woman. Lori would have been so proud of the both of them.

Here is a picture of my other daughter, Debbie Dutra, Joe’s aunt, dancing with him. She and her husband, Brian, took Joe and his sister, Meagan, into their home when their mother, Lori died.

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Life goes on and we all look for comfort and peace. Life still flows through Lori’s son, Joe, and her daughter, Meagan, who is due in October of 2017 to have a son.

We have to believe Lori is looking down at all of us.

Alberta Sequeira

Children of Alcoholics

June 4, 2017

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Finding Hope for the Family/Alcoholic/Drug User

May 27, 2017

alcohol awareness

Substance Abuse is not only making the abuser suffer from the disease or habit, but the family. I want to start with the family. We have to stop enabling. Enabling only brings the alcoholic or drug user deeper into their use. If we allow our loved ones to go on with no limits from the family on what we will take, the substance abusers goes their way with following their routine. Someone has to get off that merry-go-round. Someone has to wake up the drinker.

For the substance abuser: We love you and want to help. Before we can do that, you have to develop the desire to want to stop your behavior that is slowly killing you. You are the one who needs to talk to professionals who understand what you are going through, because family runs on emotions. Emotions keep us from stepping away from the problem and seeing solutions.

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Alberta Sequeira


How can I help my problem drinker quit drinking?

May 13, 2017

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How does Al‑Anon work?

There is no magic formula that enables you to help someone stop—or cut back—on his or her drinking. Alcoholism is a complex problem, with many related issues. But Al‑Anon can help you learn how to cope with the challenges of someone else’s drinking.
It may be that you could help matters by changing some of your own behaviors that make things worse. It may be possible for you to find a healthier way to respond to these challenges. Again, there are no easy answers. But Al‑Anon meetings offer the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems.
While simple problems may have simple solutions, the solution to complex problems is more difficult to explain. Al‑Anon simplifies a complex problem by suggesting a “One Day at a Time” approach, which takes things one step at a time.
At every Al‑Anon meeting, you can hear people explain how Al‑Anon worked for them. That may be the best place to start to learn about Al‑Anon—One Day at a Time.
Al‑Anon members come to understand problem drinking as a family illness that affects everyone in the family. By listening to Al‑Anon members speak at Al‑Anon meetings, you can hear how they came to understand their own role in this family illness. This insight put them in a better position to play a positive role in the family’s future.
Some research shows that when problem drinkers enter a recovery program, their chances for success are improved when they are supported by family members who are in a family recovery program such as Al‑Anon.

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Words for Support

March 29, 2017

Don't give up the dream

A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.

Me—an Author?

March 26, 2017

NB Book Festival

It’s amazing how we don’t realize how tragedies may cause us to go in another direction in life. I wanted to be retired to travel to beautiful, tropical islands. God had other plans for me.

I had no intensions of being an author or speaker on alcohol abuse, until I lost my husband, Richard, and my daughter, Lori, from their addiction. Losing them gave me the desire to share my enabling and wrong decisions with handling problems as a family with substance abuse. I wanted to talk about what I should have done more than just tell my stories. My books are not memoirs as much as books of lessons.

Alberta Sequeira

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