About the Author

"I woke up on my 49th birthday and realized that I was addicted to drugs and alcohol  and that my life was spinning wildly  out of control.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop. Some days I wanted passionately to quit and some days I just didn't care.

I had reached a point where I could no longer use and live.  It was either quit or die, and then something happened.

A man named Paul reached out to me, gave me a hug, and took me to detox. It was the first day of my sobriety.  That was in 1997.

He was the first of many men and women who literally saved my life.  The list is long, and I’m sure I don’t remember all their names.  But I remember Paul.

This book is my attempt to pay back some of the debt I owe to him and my fellows in recovery.  In my time in sobriety, much has been given to me.  And those to whom much is given, much is expected."

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Dr. Meadows is an Honors graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and studied at Duke University Medical Center.  He later held faculty positions at both institutions.  He was recognized internationally for his work in cancer research, receiving both grants and awards.  He authored numerous scientific articles.

His recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol began May 7, 1997.  Since then, he has counseled a large number of addicts and alcoholics striving to get clean and sober.  His observations and study over the last 20+ years form the basis for A SPIRITUAL PATHWAY TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION.

He and his wife live on a hobby farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  In the barnyard you will find 2 sheep, 3 alpacas, 1 donkey, and numerous birds including turkeys, ducks, geese, and bunch of chickens.  An organic garden sits nearby.  He is an avid photographer and plays bluegrass guitar. 


Love Waits, a poem

Love waits, does not hurry,

Does not dam its own currents,

Is not limited by space or time; by thought or place.

Seeks nothing for itself.

Desires only the opening of flowers, the smiles of small children,

and the growth of the soul.

Love is not haughty, not self sure,

Never cumbersome nor heavy.

Love will never lie nor bear false witness.

Love rains on each and all, shines upon the evil and the fair.

Love can feed the hungry, bring sight to ancient eyes, give laughter to the heart.

Love wills not to control, contrive, nor convince.

Love will drive the fearing from my heart.

Love waits.


“Overcoming substance abuse through the use of the spiritual principles behind 12-Step programs, to find long-term recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol and to live a sober life.”

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