Since I lost my husband, Richie Lopes, and daughter, Lori Cahill, to their alcohol addiction, I became an Awareness Coach on the topic of Alcohol Abuse. I offer public talks to any business, schools, organizations, women's ministries or any location who needs to have someone reach out to the substance abusers during an event.
Who can talk about the pain of losing someone to substance abuse more than the person who has lived through it, not once, but twice.
I'm just an ordinary woman who speaks from the heart on telling others that it's not that this disease may, would or could kill. It will. With family members, I try to explain how enabling an alcoholic only brings them deeper into their addiction. I open up about all my mistakes wishing I had the opportunity to redo them over. Would they have saved my loved ones? I don't know, but I do know, I would not be living with such saddness if I had done all things humanly possible for them to develop the desire to enter a recovery program and stick with the help.
Being married young in the early 1960's and coming from a close family with no abuse, I had no idea what was happening to all of us behind closed doors...and that's where I kept the nightmare. To hear about the confusion, fear and abuse that alcoholic and drug addicts live in, request to hear about my life and the loss of Richie and Lori.
I offer private speaking directly to the addicts at halfway homes, substance abuse rehabilitations or court-ordered programs. My goal is to bring hope back to the addicted telling them the importance of getting out of denial. I love to see the depression leave the addicts after I spend time with them.
Request a quote at firstname.lastname@example.org. My topics with my speaking engagements are on my sidebar: CLICK HERE. To print out a form for my talk, CLICK HERE. If you would be so kind to forward this website to anyone you think would be looking for a motivational speaker or a Women, Men or Youth Conference, I would appreciate it!
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Discount Throughout June for Father's Day
A Spiritual Renewal is a great Father's Day gift. It's coming up before we know it. I miss my Dad like all of us who have lost our fathers. My book will be offered at $9.95 (in the USA) the full month of June. There will be no shipping or handling. It's $11.95 at Amazon, including the s/h and tax. I will be thrilled to autograph the book for that special man.Click Here to order through Paypal.
Mens first reaction to the book cover and title is, "Oh, a book for women!" No, the story also covers my father, Brigadier General Albert L. Gramm, who was in the Army and had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division during WWII. He fought throughout Europe in some of the famous battles like Metz, Lorraine, and the Battle of the Bulge.
By William Potter for Reader's Choice Reviews
A Spiritual Renewal could be just what is needed to get those from all spiritual viewpoints back on track. Highly Recommended. *****
By Bambi L Andrade: Reader (MA)
The author tells the heartfelt story with tremendous emotion and the trip to Medjugorje will have you unable to put the book down. *****
Thomas Cirignano: Author
For me, reading A Spiritual Renewal was truly uplifting and inspiring. To use those words to honestly characterize a literary work these days is quite rare. *****
This book is a heart-felt, moving memoir of the author's father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. She shares her life story from a child to the present with beautiful photos.
As a recovering alcoholic I found Alberta's book very moving. It's rare that the alcoholic gets to see the damage and destruction from the loved ones side. There were many tough moments as I thought back to events and people that the book pulled from the the recesses of my mind. This book is meant to share.
I have been unable to read a complete book for the last 8 years and this one I couldn't put down. Not only is it an easy read but anyone who has been in an alcoholic marriage will find comfort in this. This is not a self help book but it gives you the realization that someone else has felt exactly what you felt and you were not crazy.
Cannot improve on the other five star reviews. Will note that I am on the opposite side of alcoholism. My late husband was hit and disabled and later died because of a drunk driver. And our son had been hit by a drunk driver as well. This book gives great insight into what the drunk or alcoholics family has to go thru and the pain they have to endure.
An AMAZING book on the subject of addiction and how it affects the families. This is a true story and as I was reading it, I shed some tears. Addiction can destroy families and the pain and suffering it leaves behind can be devastating. A must read for anyone who has addiction in their family.
A Powerful Emotional Story-Highly Recommended!
by William R. Potter for Reader's Choice Book Reviews
As a parent, I couldn't imagine the distress of witnessing one of my children battle this addiction. Sequeira did so knowing full well what was waiting for her daughter if Lori's rehab stints were unsuccessful. Any parent would feel guilt for not noticing the signs of alcoholism sooner and Sequeira fully admits her mistakes and regrets. Creating this memoir could not have been easy and I commend Sequeira's courage for writing so soon after Lori's death.
A heart-wrenching story of alcoholism's toxic effect on family
By Thomas Cirignano, Author
The author's story brings you close to the emotions and sense of helplessness that accompanies a situation where only the afflicted has control over the outcome. But that doesn't mitigate the feelings of regret and self-doubt that a parent will assuredly feel. People who drink and feel the slow progression of this disease, must be given this book. Maybe if they see how their drinking will destroy not only their own life, but the lives of those who love them, they may just find the strength to alter the destructive path they are on. As painful as it must have been, I salute the author for sharing her story.