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A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from addiction

A Physician's Journey of Discovery

Doctors Become Addicted Just Like Everyone Else


Addiction occurs among physicians at the same rate as in the general population, about 10%. Unlike the general population, however, an intensive rehabilitation program, geared specifically for their profession, vastly improves their chances of finding long-term sobriety.


Over 70% of these physicians will be clean and sober—and practicing medicine—five years later.  The how and why of this difference is the subject of this book.


This is the memoir of a group of physicians going through an intensive rehab program for addiction to drugs and alcohol. It is presented as a collection of their stories and the lessons they encountered during their time together. It is a step by step guide to understanding the disease of addiction and how to treat it using spiritual principles.


Here you will discover the method used to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction through the use of spiritual tools—a simple and successful treatment that works for impaired physicians and can be used by anyone. It has the potential to be life-changing for all who wrestle with addiction.

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"A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from Addiction, A Physician's Journey of Discovery" is a raw, heartfelt memoir written by a physician who is himself a former addict to drugs and alcohol. It’s a side of addiction few rarely hear about. Meadows proudly showcases the spiritual pathway he took to treating his own substance abuse problems, and empower readers to follow the same transformative programme. Readers should prepare for self-discovery and healing beyond anything they thought possible.


Dr. Linville Monroe Meadows has been recognized internationally for his work in cancer research, leading to awards, grants and critical acclaim from the medicine community. But through all of his successes, Dr. Meadows hasn’t been immune to the human condition of addiction.


Like 10% of the global population, Dr. Meadows struggled for years with drug and alcohol addiction, prior to an experience on 7th May 1997 that led to what is now more than two decades of being clean and sober. It was an unconventional path to recovery, but one he is now proudly sharing with the world.


In ‘A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from Addiction, A Physician's Journey of Discovery’, Dr. Meadows shares the story of his spiritual journey to recovery, along with the stories of other physicians who have battled fierce addiction.

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 Ann 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. 

“People think of physicians, and they imagine clean-living individuals who would look down on alcohol and drug addiction,” explains the author. “However, we suffer at the same rate as the general population, the only difference is that nobody talks about it. Now, me and fellow former addicts in the medical community are sharing our stories, in the hope others who are struggling will consider embracing their spiritual side to embark on a new life and thrive.”


Continuing, “For me, life changed on my 49th birthday. I was given a hug by a man named Paul who reached out to me – the same man who later took me to detox. He, along with many others, literally saved my life. I want to pay back some of the debt I owe for their good nature and selflessness. I’d never before explored my spiritual side and thought it was a “bit too new age” for me. How wrong I was, and I’m now passionate about and committed to helping others save their lives using these methods. It all starts with this book – it’s your lifeline.”