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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
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.