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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.
Alcohol drinkers and drug users rarely see their habits as a problem. It's the people around them who have the problem: the ones who love them who must indure their irrational behavior and unpleasant personality distortions, their unreliability and unpredictability, the embarrassment and disappointment, and the constant apprehension of wondering when the next episode of drunken, drugged out behavior will hurt, shame and humiliate the family. When women suffer from substance abuse, it is often an outgrowth of depression from some unhealed wounds from childhood, frequently sexual assault, physical abuse, verbal abuse, or abandonment. But when the family nurturer, the mother, is herself hurting, the whole family experiences her pain, and they too, grow up emotionally scarred. Pamela Frazier, A National Certified Addiction Counselor, operates N' The Spirit Transformational Living, a licensed recovery home for women. Today she shares with us the challenges and triumphs of women striving to overcome addictions and what loved ones can do to help.
Bill Bartmann - Leaving a dirt-poor family at age 14 to join the carnival; being an alcoholic gang member by age 17; becoming paralyzed by falling down stairs drunk; being told that you’ll never walk again, yet later walking out of the hospital. Bill Bartmann successfully settled debts of 4.5 million consumers –and he did it with zero lawsuits.
James Arthur Ray is a New York Times bestselling author who has also achieved top honors in the business world as a thriving entrepreneur and mentor. James’ former company hit the Inc. 500 list in 2009 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. James’ background in behavioral sciences, experience as an entrepreneur, and his avid quest for spiritual knowledge give him a unique and powerful ability to address life issues from a comprehensive level.
Paul Ketchel - Founder and CEO of MDSave, a transactional health marketplace that anyone can use. They have negotiated exclusive savings up to 60% on medical care like, surgeries, x-ray, office visits, and pharmaceuticals. In return, the patient pays for their service upfront. Ketchel is also a former member of former Tennessee US Senator Bill Frist's staff
LeAnn Thieman learned a lot about balancing life in your war zones when she was “accidentally” caught up in rescuing babies out of Vietnam at the end of the war. The lessons she learned apply as we all cope in the ‘war zones” of our everyday lives. She is a Hall of Fame Speaker and author of 18 books, including 14 books in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Linda Wagner is will be the first to admit that she had, and has a problem with pounds. In retrospect, she has gained and lost over 1,000 pounds over the years. Although athletic as a child, her battle with life events that affected her eating decisions from age 11 hounded her through failures with everything from Weight Watchers at age 14 to bariatric surgery at age 48, when she was over 400 pounds. The surgery helped her to get down to 160 at age 50, her hard relationship with life and food put her back to over 300 pounds.
Her continuing effort, like that of a recovering alcoholic, is a daily effort to address, head-on, the factors and the foods that affect her weight.
Accepting that she has a problem, Linda re-focused on the facts, not the foods. She found that that she did not have a weight problem, but she had a food relationship problem that enabled the weight. For the first time in her life, Linda is losing weight the same way she gained it…one ounce at a time! She is down over 25 pounds and counting - based on reason, not rationing. She Linda is re-engaged in her own personal relationship with herself.
The obesity and type 2 Diabetes epidemic is costing us billions … and is killing more Americans than any other factor. Millions of dollars-per-minute are being spent selling us bad food and worse
The obesity and type 2 Diabetes epidemic is costing us billions … and is killing more Americans than any other factor. Millions of dollars-per-minute are being spent selling us bad food and worse drugs to commercially fix a self-inflicted problem that we can fix …for free
But, obesity is a lonesome place. Individuals need allies, not advertising!
Pastor Jim Nuzum and his weekly radio show! Bible study and Pentecostal preaching!
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.
Greener on the Other Side with author Lionel Ntasano from Burundi, Africa
This perceptive, coherent, thought-provoking and piercing work highlights the subtle social game of everyday life filled with puns and double meanings, seen through the eyes of an unorthodox hero - a very young priest by the name of Nickolas Jordan.
He is a teenage African boy who loses his family in a gruesome genocide. He finds himself in New York City as a political refugee; disillusioned with the adult world and its phoniness; where his world takes another tumble as he meets all kinds of people that further shatter his understanding of life; an envious lawyer, an angry artist, an egocentric heiress, a greedy businessman and a slothful dreamer. After a decade has passed, he returns to his native country to meet his only remaining relative, and childhood best friend maybe to find some closure, but to his surprise, he discovers that she is a gluttonous alcoholic and the best friend, an opportunistic pervert. All these encounters, events and relationships, shape his views and beliefs that ultimately induce him to become a priest.
The story is set between 1993 and 2013 in New York, Paris, Nairobi and Burundi, and begets the question whether the Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Lionel Ntasano was born in Bujumbura, Burundi and now runs the Nonara Beach Resort in his homeland. His life and work have taken him through Zambia, the United States, Kenya, France and Switzerland, among others. Writing Greener on the Other Side has helped reconnect him to family and friends after a turbulent life of glamour, travel and tragedy.
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