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Alcoholism is a family disease, a deadly one that cannot be fought by the substance abuser alone. That said, it is always an uphill battle. Those close to the alcoholic suffer tremendously. Logic does not work when dealing with addicts, nor does pleading or crying. We cannot force them to get help. We can only love and support them, give them every reason to want sobriety for themselves, and then pray that they will choose survival.
Today's special guest, Alberta Sequeira has lived this nightmare and fought this battle twice; first with her husband, and then with her daughter. Tragically, both of these battles were lost. Her husband and daughter both succumbed to their diseases. In the hopes that other families suffering similar addictions will recognize the problem, come out of hiding, and seek help without fear or embarrassment, Alberta has shared her story. She has written two hearfelt memoirs; Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round: An Alcoholic Family in Crisis, and Please, God, Not Two: This Killer Called Alcoholism.
Alberta Sequeira is a writer, four-time award winning author, motivational speaker, and director/producer/co-host of a Massachusetts Cable TV show. She also teaches workshops for writers. Today she will tell her story, sharing hope and inspiration to all.
To learn more about Alberta Sequeira and her books, please visit http://www.albertasequeira.org
On tonight's show Rosie is going to discuss how to live with an alcoholic friend or partner. It's very hard to be married to an alcoholic or to watch a friend who is an alcoholic destroy their lives. It's becomes very hard when you are no longer in denial, and you see what pain and hurt they are causing all who love them. It's difficult and it's frustrating, and it can suck you into a crippling cycle of dependency, but if you are willing to work on yourself, you can find even more to love to give but set proper boundaries to protect your own vulnerability.
At the bottom of the hour Rosie will be joined by Leslie Hale for the weekly "Astro-Talk" segment. Very strong forces have been active in the Universe this week and Leslie will help define what we can expect in the coming week. You can view Leslie's newsletter at www.lesliehale-astrology.com.
The show is hosted by Rosalea of The Psychic Meeting Place and www.Blendedherbaltreasures.com
Rosie will be taking calls the last hour of the show. The call in number is 1(714)888-7516. Call in early and press the number 1 after connecting to be sure you are in the queue.
*The opinions expressed by the guests are for entertainment purposes only and those guests providing comments are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Psychic Viewpoint Show or its host.*
Tonight Sunday 03-15-2015 our show is going to review some letters , writings sent in by listeners. We will continue to discuss in depth problems facing those who are working a program to recover from ANY TYPE/KIND of Addiction. Recovery of this type is NOT LIMITED to ONLY alcohol - however one can find help and assistance to overcome just about any kind of addicition that may be plaguing your life or that of someone close to you. Call in at 323-580-5755 as this is a LIVE Talk Show designed to encourage callers to call-in with comments, questions, or to share their personal experiences in the hopes that we can all learn more about Recovery and what it may take to enjoy a life FREE from Drugs - Alcohol or of course any addiciton. We are NOT Doctors or Counselors, or Therapists - but some of us have faced our Demons and found the sanctity of living a drug or alcohol free life and not feel bad or less than for making this healthy decision. JOIN US!!! The show airs from 7 to 9 PM CST and we welcome any and all callers, comments. If you can't make it tonight join us next week or any Sunday from 7 yo 9 PM CST.
Sarah Allen Benton is author of the book, 'Understanding the High Functioning Alcoholic' , and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and therapist at McLean Hospital in MA.
She has been featured in a NY Times article by Jane Brody, has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, NPR, is a blogger for PsychologyToday.com and more.
Sarah is a recovering alcoholic and has been sober since February of 2004. She gives lectures and trainings on the topic of high-functioning alcoholics at colleges, boarding schools, and at professional conferences including Harvard’s Treating the Addictions.
Please visit her website The High Functioning Alcoholic for more information about Sarah, her book and additional resources.
In this episode Sarah tells a bit of her own story of alcoholism and recovery, and answers questions about High Functioning Alcoholism, including how to define it, what common personality traits and drinking patters are found with high functioning alcoholics, and steps people who fit this description can find ways to get help.
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Adult Children of Alcoholics have been denied a childhood. Because our lives have been so tattered with emotional neglect, we do not feel seen psychologically. As a result we struggle today with feelings of low self worth. We wonder secretly, "Who am I? What do I deserve? Am I good enough?"
Healing ourselves requires us to be as open and honest to our personal truth, regardless of whom our personal truth disappoints.
In this broadcast, listen in as Life Coach, Mentor and Bestselling Author Lisa A. Romano explores the journey back to self, and how it is she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that healing is absolutely possible.
Need some inspiriation? You came to the right place.
Step One: "We admitted "WE" were powerless over alcohol (addiction) - that our lives had become unmanagable." Who cares to admit complete defeat? Admission of powerlessness is the first step in liberation. Relation of humility to sobriety. Mental obession plus physical allergy, and spiritual malady. Why must every A.A. hit bottom? We know that little good can come to any alcoholic who joins A.A. unless he has first accepted his alcoholism (addiction) and all its consequences. Until he so humbles himself, his sobriety - if any - will be null and void. Of real happiness he will find none at all. Proved beyond doubt by an immense experience, this is one of the facts of A.A. life. The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered. It is a statistical fact that alcoholics/addicts almost never recover on their own resources, and this has been true ever since man has been crushing grapes.
Few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. Who wishes to be rigorously honest and tolerant? Who wants to confess his faults to another and make restitution for harm done? Who cares anything about a Higher Power/God let alone meditation and prayer? Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A.'s message to the next sufferer? No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect - unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself. Join me and my special guest Monty Meyer aka the Monty'man from Take12radio.com this Fri nite Mar 27th at 9pm CT as we discuss dfferent versions of how people see the steps worked, then the proper way to work the steps
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Tonight's special guest is Christy Lynn Abram from Washington, a childhood abuse survivor and author of "Little Miss Somebody," a novel based on her experiences. For many years she endured abuse and abandonment at the hands of her mother, a violent alcoholic. Year after year her abuse increased. She writes, "By the age of 12, I was left alone in an abandoned apartment to fend for myself for weeks." Her mother's actions made her feel worthless, hopeless and isolated in solitude. Christy says, "I became consumed with anger and pain." Although her mother treated her poorly, she followed her mom wherever she went .. to St. Louis, Washington, Florida, Ohio and California. "I was passed around from one relative to another, molested and left to fend for myself." she explains. Her mother "constantly berated me and told me I would never be anybody. At the age of 16, I was emancipated and living alone pregnant with my first child. By the age of 21, I had 3 children and was involved in a abuse marriage." She goes on, "I felt worthless. My sorrow was so deep, I felt like I could never find my way out. I was in and out of mental health treatment centers, each time with a new diagnosis and medication." She struggled with depression for 15 years, survived 3 suicide attempts and eventually continued the cycle of abuse I inherited from her mother. Her road to recovery has taken time. "As a spiritual person, I believe God puts us in the right place so we can discover our purpose through life's lessons," she says. "With all of my being, I believe my experiences have made me a better person." Christy now works as a mental health counselor and mentor to young women who have experiences similar to her own.
The DSM-5, which is the Diagnostic of Statistical Manual that Health Professionals use to diagnose patients with mental disorders, including addictions, and let me mention all of man kinds addictions fall into this category, from coffee, to tobacco, to alcohol and any kind of drug named that can prove a psychoactive result within that substance. If it changes the way you feel, it names it. It explains the activation of the brains rewards system and how it is the central point of creating problematic situations in an individuals life, that the feeling created by such use from alcohol or drugs, feelings of pleasue and euphoria, which is so profound to them that an individual will bypass normal activity just to partake in once again creating this feeling. Now DSM-5 has two groups, which one, are substance use disorders, which creates patterns of smyptoms that result from using which the individual takes despite of the problems they may experience.The other is substance induced disorders which is important to be aware of because alcoholism/drug addiction is closely related to several mental illnesses. They mention induced bipolar, anxiety, depressive, sleep, delirium, which is alcoholism, sexual dysfunctions, and neurocognitive disorders. I mention this because so many doctors will diagnose an alcoholic/addict with a particular mental illness, like slapping a label on them. Then they drug them, then clean and sober and working a program after a year, their symptoms have disappeared. Alcoholic/addicts were housed in mental institutions up into the 80's until they closed them down, now they are housed in jails with violent offenders. We have the largest, over populated jail system in the world and the majority of them are there due to alcohol and drug offenses. Join me Fri nite at 9pm CT as we discuss recovery at www.blogtalkradio.com/ritahodges Sign up for free BTR acct. Fill out top part only, then go follow show. You can also call in live at 646-929-0421
What can you possibly learn in just 15 minutes that may change the quality of your life? Good question. I guess you will have to tune in to find out.
Bob Zima, MA/LCPC, is a self described “Frequent Flyer to Hell and Back.” He has experienced many trips to the gates of Hell and has lived to tell the tale.
In this short, 15 minute podcast, Bob shares with you his insights and lessons learned from several trips to Hell and back.
On today’s show, Bob discusses that you better grieve your lost coping techinque (i.e. drinking and/or drugging), your social networks, leisure activities and places at which you hang-out. Fo one you get sober ALL of that goes away. And you are faced with rebuilding everything.
Tune in and join me as I welcome this week's guest.
Author, journalist and acclaimed writing instructor Charles Salzberg joins me this week to talk about his books, including: Swann's Lake of Despair, Swann Dives In, Swann's Last Song & Devil in the Hole.
From Swann's Lake of Despair:
When rare photos‚ a scandalous diary‚ and a beautiful woman all go missing at once‚ the stage is set for three challenging cases for Henry Swann. It begins with an offer to partner up with his slovenly‚ unreliable frenemy‚ Goldblatt. The disbarred lawyer-turned-"facilitator" would provide the leads and muscle‚ while Swann would do all the fancy footwork. A lost diary by a free-loving Jazz Age flapper is worth enough to someone that Swann takes a beat down on an abandoned boardwalk. Pilfered photos of Marilyn Monroe propel him deep into the past of an alcoholic shutterbug‚ his wife; and he's hired to search for a lonely writer's runaway girlfriend. The cases converge and collide in a finale that lifts the curtain on crucial‚ deadly facts of life for everyone -- including Swann himself.
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