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Coffee and Refreshments will be available
Do you ever wonder why some alcoholics and drug addicts survive while others die from this horrible disease? What do they need from family members to get out of denial? Author and Speaker, Alberta Sequeira, will be hosting a Book Launch on her Narrative Non-Fiction What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words written by 34 alcoholics and drug abusers telling what hasn’t and doesn’t work in their recovery programs. Her guest speakers, Phil Paleologos and Tom Cirignano, are co-authors of the book and will talk about the side of abusing alcohol while Ms. Sequeira talks from the family side after losing her husband, Richard Lopes and her daughter, Lori (Lopes) Cahill both of North Dighton, Massachusetts, from their own addiction.
This is an educational and eye-opening event for other substance abusers, doctors, counselors, family members, teenagers, and society to see what the addicts need to get out of denial and what role professionals and family members play in their loved one’s recovery.
What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict will be available for purchase and autographed by all three speakers for $12.00. There will be time for Q&A and coffee and refreshments will be served.
Alberta Sequeira of Rochester is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Awareness Coach on Alcoholism, and a producer, director and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV Show out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Phil Paleologos is a 45 year veteran broadcaster and host to the WBSM Radio Station (1420 AM) in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He is one of the nation’s top 100 Talk Show Hosts. He is also the owner of the Shawmut Diner in New Bedford with his wife, Celeste. Phil will be telling his life-story about fighting years of addiction to alcohol abuse and how he came out of denial to be 30 years sober.
Tom M. Cirignano, from Lakeville, Massachusetts is an Author of The Constant Outsider and 67 Cents. He will talk about how you don’t have to be an full-blown alcoholic to have drinking become a problem in many areas of your life.
I would like to introduce What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words by offering the $14.95 book for $10.00 up until December 31, 2013. It is a different kind of book to give as a gift for any occasion, including Christmas, but it is a book that may open doors for the family to start discussions on the problem of addiction with a loved one.
The s/h will be $3.00 in the USA and $13.00 to Canada. Other states I would have to give a quote.
The book will be autographed, and if you wish for the book to go directly to another person after you pay through PayPal with any credit card, there is a section to fill out on who to ship it to as a gift. I will autograph the book to the person it is being sent to if you wish.
Who is Alberta Sequeira?
I became a Writer, Author, Motivational Speaker, Awareness Coach on Alcohol Abuse and an Educational Instructor all from tragedy. It started with the loss of my father, Brigadier General Albert L. Gramm. In 1990 he died of cancer, and I realized that I didn't take the time to get to know this great man with his military status. After his death, miracles happened to me that brought me to Medjugorje in Bosnia on a ten day pilgrimage. It's there that I found my faith and received the peace of my father's death after I witnessed four out of six visionaries that had apparitions with the Blessed Mother. My father wanted to travel to this tiny, remote village but was too sick. I came home and wrote A Healing Heart: A Spiritual Renewal which is now published as A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje.
After my first writing, I wanted to open up about my life that I had kept behind closed door with my family silently suffering from my husband Richard Lopes' alcohol addiction. I watched a kind, loving man turn into someone I did not know and saw him lose everything. I wrote with honestly about how enabling only brings the substance abuser deeper into their addiction in Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round: An Alcoholic Family in Crisis. I hide nothing in the book, especially how innocently I pulled our two daughters, Debbie and Lori, into a life they didn't need. I waited too long to walk out and left damage on my children emotionally. Reading this book you will learn how childhood emotional wounds mode us into what we become in adulthood. Richard died in 1985 at forty-five years of age at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
In 2004, our family discovered that Lori at thirty-seven years old was following the same path as her father with alcohol abuse. Lori died on November 22, 2006 at thirty-nine years of age. I took all my pain and wrote the sequel Please, God, Not Two: This Killer Called Alcoholism. I take you through all the steps of Lori's struggle through three alcoholic rehab stays and her denial that there was not any problem with her drinking.
In February 2013, I started to wonder why some alcoholic and drug addicts recover and put their lives together while others die form this horrible worldwide problem? What gives them the physical and mental strength to fight this battle and come out winning? These questions and the death of Richard and Lori encouraged the book What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words. I wanted the answers. Who could give me the direct answers more than an addict themselves. The book was published on September 25, 2013.
The book covers the stories from thirty-four alcoholics and addicts on how they recovered living in the USA and Canada from all walks of life. It is an educational book for other substance abusers, family members, doctors, counselors and society to learn what the alcoholic and addict is actually looking for with support from all of us. What did and doesn't work for them.
In 2007, I did my first speaking engagement at the Emerson House in Falmouth, Massachusetts and have not stopped. I offer private talks behind closed doors to patients at halfway homes, court-ordered programs, alcoholic rehab, families of the substance abusers, businesses, schools, women's organizations or any public function. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote or fill out the question form on the left side bar click here.