Dr. Meadows is an Honors graduate of the U.N.C. School of Medicine, was recognized internationally for his work in cancer research, and was designated as a Clinical Investigator of the National Cancer Institute. He has successfully recovered from alcohol and cocaine addiction.
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According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, we are seeing increases in all forms of drug and alcohol abuse across nearly every category, age group and demographic. The numbers are staggering.
While 28-day programs for alcohol and drug addiction can result in a recovery rate of approximately 10%, (about 20% for Alcoholics Anonymous), around 70% of doctors participating in an intensive rehabilitation program will be clean and sober—and practicing medicine—five years later. How is that accomplished? And how can we tap into those methods? The answers to those questions are the topic of Dr. Linville Meadows' newest book, ‘A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from Addiction: A Physician's Journey of Discovery’.
Dr. Meadows concepts have been featured by Psychology Today and TheFix.com. In this 5-star rated book, readers will discover how to overcome addiction through the use of spiritual principles, like honesty, compassion, and faith; a simple and successful treatment that works for impaired physicians and can be used by anyone.
While there are hundreds of books about how to overcome addiction, what sets Meadows' book decidedly apart from the pack is his unprecedented approach to the subject. His book 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 the stories and 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 effectively, presented in a way that is both highly informative and wildly entertaining.
“The story of recovery from addiction is best told by those who lived it,” Meadows stated. “I have collected bits of wisdom from the individual lives of many addicts, and wrapped them in a memoir of physicians going through rehab. Each person shares an incident from their days of using, or a lesson they have learned along the way. Taken together they make an easy to read narrative about the disease and its treatment that anyone can use.”
Some of the topics covered in the book include:
The disease concept of addiction
Overcoming the denial and the uncontrollable craving
Finding the openness, honesty, and willingness to change
Dealing with past mistakes and removing character defects
Exchanging my old addictive ways of thinking for healthier ones
Finding spiritual principles I can live by
Living without fear or worry
Finding happiness within myself
While the book is appropriate for any person who might wish to explore the topics of addiction and recovery, those for whom it will hold the most value include:
The reader who wants to know if his drinking is actually out of control.
The reader who knows he is in trouble, and wants to change.
The old-timer in recovery who wants to learn more about his disease.
Their families and friends.
The practitioner who treats these people.
The new book has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Ralph Snyderman, M.D., Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University stated, "If there is any book you plan to read about addiction this year, it should be this one as it will be a classic for anyone wanting to understand the mind of addicted physicians (and others) and what it takes to recover”. The Prairies Book Review said, “This outstanding guide with cogent insights into the nightmarish world of addiction and recovery is a must-read for anyone who thinks he has a problem with addiction.”
Dr. Meadows is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at meadowslingmail.com. ‘A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from Addiction: A Physician's Journey of Discovery’ is available at online book outlets. More information is available at his website at https://www.spiritualpathwaytorecovery.com.
About Linville Meadows M.D.
Dr. Meadows is an Honors graduate of the U.N.C. School of Medicine and studied at Duke University. He later held faculty positions at both institutions. He was recognized internationally for his work in cancer research, and was designated as a Clinical Investigator of the National Cancer Institute.
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 Recover from Addiction, A Physician’s Journey of Discovery".