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Recovery from Addiction

The Way Doctors do it

     Physician's long-term sobriety is more than 10x greater than in the general population.
This book explains the how and the why.

Linville M. Meadows, M.D.

Who is the impaired physician?

What's in the book...

What’s wrong with me; how did I get here?

How the practice of medicine feeds into addiction.

How to understand addiction as a disease.

How to successfully treat the disease.

How to control the thoughts in my head.

How to overcome fear, anger, and resentment.

How to find serenity and happiness.

How to practice medicine without losing my soul.

"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. This inspiring publication is a fascinating and monumental exploration of a pathway for recovery from serious addiction."


Ralph Snyderman, MD

Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University

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My Story

"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.


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 and was designated a Clinical Investigator with 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 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. 

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My  Books

The book is available online as paperback or ebook from numerous retailers.


The book is available online as paperback or ebook from numerous retailers.

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