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What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is a work of non-fiction presented by author and compiler Alberta Sequeira. Written ‘in their own words’, the volume covers the life stories and struggles of thirty-four different contributors, who each have an equally painful struggle with drug or alcohol addiction that they wish to convey, with the hope that it might help fellow addicts to turn their lives around. This is the case in many of the stories, and it also allows an insight into how the mind works differently during addiction, which may help friends and family to understand what’s going on.

Author and compiler Alberta Sequeira has taken on a big challenge to compile so many lives and so many twists and turns into one informative volume, but it has certainly paid off. I liked the organization of the work and the decisions made to tell the stories in a particular order, which gives great variety to the experiences and the types of people that we meet on the reading journey. The voices are distinct and not over-edited, so the work feels genuine and very helpful in its raw, unfiltered format. There are moments that are sure to bring a tear to some eyes, but there is also an overwhelming message of hope that such terrible addictions can and will be overcome. Overall, What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is an important read for anyone touched by these issues.

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Local author, Steven Manchester, will be in the Great Ponds Gallery at the Lakeville Public Library for a book talk and signing of his most recent novel, Bread Bags & Bullies: Surviving the 80s.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St, Lakeville, MA 02347
Phone: (508) 947-9028

Interview with Sheriff Thomas Hodgson

This is my interview with Sheriff Thomas Hodgson from The Bristol County Correctional office at 400 Faunce Corner, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The first half hour is about my life with the last half hour talking to the women inmates at the jail. 

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Podcast with Alberta Sequeira

I had a Podcast being interviewed by Joyce Walsh (one of the women in my author's group) in October and it came out November 1st.  Go to and key in or try clicking on the title below.  I was at the radio show Chart Productions in Braintree.  This show goes internationally.  
Go to and key in ...‎Mysteries, Myths & More on Apple Podcasts › podcast › mysteries-myths-more


Podcast with Alberta Sequeira

I had a Podcast being interviewed by Joyce Walsh (one of the women in my author's group) in October and it came out November 1st.  Go to and key in or try clicking on the title below.  I was at the radio show Chart Productions in Braintree.  This show goes internationally.  
Go to and key in ...‎Mysteries, Myths & More on Apple Podcasts › podcast › mysteries-myths-more


Excerpts from What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict

Each week, I’m going to write parts of my book for readers to see if the interest is there in purchasing the book for a family member or themselves. Christmas would be a wonderful present. My Introduction to the book is about seven pages because it was what I saw and experienced losing both my husband, Richie, and my daughter, Lori. After the introduction, I will post some testimonies by the thirty-four contributors. 

PART I of the Introduction

When tragedy hits our family, many of us could tell our life stories. I wrote about the painful loss of my husband, Richard Lopes of North Dighton, Massachusetts, in Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis. Richard died February 10, 1985, at forty-five years of age at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, after suffering from his alcohol addiction since his early teenage years, a family action that trickled down from one member to another. 

At the time, he left behind two beautiful daughters, Debbie, twenty-one years old, and her sister, Lori, seventeen. Richard died eleven years after we had divorced so I never saw the daily physical and emotional effects on him, except for the final year before he had been admitted two times and the last would be the last time to the VA Hospital. 

Tragedy struck again, when the demon, called alcoholism, returned and took my daughter, Lori. I published her story in the sequel Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism. Lori died November 22, 2006, at the age of thirty-nine at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts. She left behind a son, Joe Cahill, eighteen years old, and a daughter, Meagan Cahill, seventeen, of North Dighton, Massachusetts. My daughter Debbie and her husband Brian took Lori’s children into their home with their children, Michael and Kerri. 

There are no words to describe the pain a parent feels when losing a child no matter what the circumstances were that caused his or her death. Substance abuse seems like such a useless death, when a family member can see that there is hope if their child would only reach out to the alcoholic rehabilitation centers and family members who are offering to work with their loved one in a recovery program. 

The most devastating knowledge is realizing that no matter how much you love them, support them, pray for them, yell at them, threaten them or kick them out of the house, nothing will work until they want the help. It’s their battle.
What’s more shocking and fearful is the fact that if your loved one is over eighteen years of age and refuses to allow anyone to know what is going on behind closed doors in the recovery program there isn’t a thing you can do to get involved. You have no legal right to see health records, talk to a doctor about the treatment with the illness, or attend meetings with a counselor. 

In Massachusetts, with Lori’s death in 2006, the Patient Privacy Act allowed alcoholics, addicts, and mental health patients to shut parents and siblings out of their complete health updates as to what was being offered to them in the substance abuse rehabilitation center. Lori enforced this same act with her family, including her children. 

Our family didn’t have any knowledge that Lori had been an alcoholic or became bulimic until she was thirty-seven years old. When her declining health couldn’t be hidden any longer, Lori finally admitted that she had been told by her doctor that if she didn’t stop drinking, she’d be dead in two years or less because her liver would shut down. He wanted her to agree to be put on a liver transplant list as soon as possible. Again, she refused this action and forbade any of us to meet with her doctor to discuss this dangerous stage of her addiction. 

While Lori had been a patient at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, her doctor and health insurance company had filed legal papers for her to be admitted into an alcohol rehabilitation center in Florida for a long-term stay of ninety days or longer. Lori informed us two months after the fact that she had declined the offer. Had they informed family members what the medical team was trying to do for her, our family would have given her the support to enter into the recovery program. During this process, we were not informed that the counselor had determined that she needed deeper therapy to recover. 

Lori hid many secrets, most notably her fears from the past, and refused to discuss them with her family or open up completely with her counselors. These were the reasons why I wanted to publish this book in order to learn what is and isn’t working for the alcoholic and addict in their recovery. Why do some alcoholics recover and others drink themselves to death? How can some give up their addiction without any treatment in a rehabilitation center and others need the help to survive? Because Lori wouldn’t talk to us, I wanted to know what the substance abusers felt. Could we have done something differently? 

I feel that Lori’s three ten-day stays in detox and rehabilitation centers only pacified her alcoholic condition. The reality is that health insurance companies, substance abuse rehabilitation centers, and hospitals all know that the percentage is extremely high that the patients will return needing treatment over and over again. No one can clean out their bodies from the years of using alcohol and drugs in that short a period of treatment and develop a clear mind to make healthy decisions. At least a six-month long-term stay is needed without being able to leave. Making the change can help patients work toward a beginning recovery stage by clearing their minds of alcohol or drugs and enabling them to make strong and sound decisions to recover. 

Part 2 to continue with the next writing.

Alberta Sequeira
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Interview with Sheriff Thomas Hodgson first 1/2 hour is my interview with Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. The last 1/2 is taken live during my talk to the women inmates at the Bristol County Jail in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It’s a very educational talk with the pain I went through as a mother losing my daughter, Lori, and my husband, Richard. 

I talk openly about what the substance abusers should look at honestly with continuing down the path of destruction or reaching out for help.

Alberta Sequeira
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Indie Author Day


One-Day Writers’ Conference on Indie Author Day 

Fairhaven, Massachusetts — On Saturday, October 12thAuthors Without Borders is pairing with the national Indie Author Day to present a one-day conference for aspiring, published, and unpublished writers. Here is your chance to listen to and speak with multi-award-winning authors and a New York book publisher open to new clients.

AWB is the only official South Coast host for the annual Indie Author Day, which is held throughout the nation on October 12th. With sponsorship from Boston’s Uphams Corner Library, AWB will offer presentations by award-winning author Steven Manchester on “Chasing the Dream,” and Rhonda Penders, publisher, President, and Chief Editor for The Wild Rose Press (New York) who will speak on the role of traditional, Indie, and self-publishing.

There will be ample time for discussion with each presenter as well as with the AWB founders (Pat Perry, fiction; Alberta Sequeira, memoirs; Joyce Keller Walsh, mysteries & mainstream; Willie Pleasants, poetry & short stories).

The program will be held in the function room of the Atria Senior Living facility behind Alden Court Nursing Care at 389 Alden Rd., Fairhaven, MA, from 11 am to 2 pm.  The cost to attend is $20 for AWB members and $30 for non-members. Light luncheon refreshments will be served.

Register by Monday, September 23rd. Payment by check can be mailed to Alberta Sequeira, 11 Midway Park Drive, Apt 316, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747 or PayPal payment is available at Questions may be addressed to the AWB email at: [email protected].


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Mail check with this form to Alberta Sequeira, 11 Midway Park Drive, Apt. 316, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747.  Any questions call Alberta Sequeira at 508-938-5322.

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Second Indie Writer's hosts in Massachusetts

AWB Olive Garden

My group, Authors Without Borders (, is officially a host for the Indie Writers. We run their workshops. We are the second hosts in Massachusetts. 

Watch for our next upcoming event on October 12, 2019,​ in Fairhaven, MA. The information will be posted in a week. SAVE THE DATE! Invite friends to joing you. 


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