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A Spiritual Pathway to




A Physician's Journey of Discovery

Physicians become addicted just like everyone else


But their rate of recovery is far greater than in the normal population.  

Over 70% of these doctors will be clean and sober--and practicing medicine--five years later. 

Standard 28-day programs yield only about 10% sobriety at one year,

and Alcoholics Anonymous only about 20%.

This book will show you how.

A step-by-step guide to understanding

the disease of addiction and its treatment

through the use of spiritual principles.

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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. 

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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
Find answers to these questions

•   Am I an alcoholic? Am I an addict?

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

•    Can it be cured?  Treated?

•    How can I get over this insane craving?

•    How can spiritual principles help me?

•    Why are prayer and meditation important?

•    What is a Higher Power, and why do I need one?

Topics Covered Include

•   The disease concept of addiction

•    Overcoming denial

•    Finding openness, and honesty

•    Dealing with past mistakes

•     Undergoing a rigorous self-examination

      Removing my character defects

•     Finding forgiveness and hope

•     Control the thoughts in my head

•     Finding serenity in a crazy world

•     Overcoming fear with faith

•     Living a life guided by spiritual principles

•     Finding happiness within myself

Who will benefit from reading this book?  The person who.....

•   Has  questions about their using

•   Knows they’re in trouble with their using

•   The newcomer who wants to change

•    Wants to deepen their understanding of the disease of addiction and its treatment

•    Treats those afflicted by addiction

•    The families, friends  of anyone caught up in addiction

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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.