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A Spiritual Pathway to




A Physician's Journey of Discovery

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Award winning author, cancer researcher, and physician, Dr. Meadows empowers his readers with a new understanding of the disease of addiction and its treatment. 

Opioids, alcohol, cocaine, meth, all addictions can be helped.  The techniques are not new, but their intensive application yields a success rate of over 80% at five years.

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A Spiritual Pathway to 
Recovery from Addiction

Dr. Meadows addresses these questions:

  • Am I an alcoholic? Am I an addict?

  • What is this affliction and how did I get it?

  • Can it be cured?

  • Will I ever be able to drink again?

  • How can I change my life so I don’t have this insane craving?

  • What are spiritual principles and what do they have to do with my drinking?


  • The Disease Concept of Addiction

  • Overcoming denial, finding hope, repairing low self-esteem

  • Undergoing a rigorous self-examination; removing my character defects  

  • Learning to control the thoughts in my head

  • Acquiring the tools necessary to find serenity in today’s world

  • Living a life guided by spiritual principles. 

  • Overcome past mistakes

  • Finding forgiveness and hope 

  • Overcoming fear

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The players: 


Mike, the OB-GYN from Newark who became my personal guide to fighting the disease that was killing me. 


Robert, a jolly round internist from south Florida who never met a honey bun or a crack pipe he didn’t’ like.  


John, the buff surgeon from Detroit who loved to play tennis and hid vodka miniatures in his socks. 


Reggie, a Southern fried Black preacher from Memphis with an uncontrollable yen for Jack Daniels and the ladies in the front pew. 


Wee Willy, a small leprechaun-like Irishman with an Irishman’s thirst for whiskey and a fondness for young widows. 


Vera, a strait-laced lady pathologist from Virginia who was given the choice to quit drinking or lose her medical license. 


And the author, threatened with the loss of everything he worked for his whole life.

A Physician's Journey of Discovery

is the memoir of a group of physicians working their way through rehab for drugs and alcohol.  As they proceed on a course of personal self-discovery, they shared their frustration, their anger, and their fear. 


They were at the absolute low point of their life, and all they worked for was rapidly going down the drain. 


They didn’t want to be there, but if they were to have a life, it must start now.


Foremost was the idea that living by spiritual principles would solve all their problems, including dependence on drugs and alcohol. 


Wrapping their heads around this new way of thinking was not easy.  To embrace this concept required a thorough psychological house cleaning. 


Old ideas and behaviors that fueled their using had to go.  New ideas about their relationship with a Higher Power and their fellows were needed.  It was the beginning of a process that must last a lifetime.

Bit players include:

Ryan, the neurologist who had everything to live for but chose to die rather that quit his addiction. 

Sil, the Buddhist-Christian, who took the deeply spiritual approach to his recovery.

Charles, arrested by the DEA for self-prescribing pain pills and facing eight years of hard time in the Big House. 

Philip, the ex-Marine who lived on the street with his purple heart, a bag of heroin, and a disease called PTSD. 

And the nameless physician living in a burned out building in the Bowery, who injected himself with Epsom salts. 

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