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 [email protected].
If you want to become a blog guest on my site on substance abuse articles with the addicted or the effect on family members, send it to me through my email. I love guest bloggers.
Alberta Sequeira can be contacted at [email protected] Visit her website at www.albertasequeira.com.