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Destined to Recover

Alcoholism and drug addiction exact a devastating toll on society, producing millions of broken people and scores of broken homes. What then, if anything, can be done to help? Destined to Recover takes an unblinking look at the problem from a unique vantage point, that of a physician-scientist who is also a recovering alcoholic and addict. Fast-paced, provocative, and intended for the general public, the author's account will bring the reader face-to-face with the heartbreaking reality of addictive disorders and our frustratingly limited ability to help those in need, even in the face of twelve step recovery programs that work so well for some alcoholics and addicts. But perhaps there are new approaches to recovery that should be explored. As one example, emerging from the author's experiences and observations is the notion that fundamental neurobiology and genetics underlie the recovery process, concepts that may improve future treatment methods, offering the possibility that fewer of the next generation of alcoholics and addicts will suffer the same sad destiny as those of the past.
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The author is a physician-scientist at a biomedical research institution in the United States. He has published over 200 peer reviewed clinical and laboratory research manuscripts, is an inventor on a dozen patents, co-discovered a major familial disease gene, and has published more than 30 book chapters or reviews in his medical specialty. On a personal level, the author grew up in an alcoholic family, suffered from a serious drug and alcohol problem in his youth, and at age 19 spent three months at a rehabilitation center. He has been continuously sober since completing treatment in 1980 and has remained involved in a variety of recovery-based activities over the years. Today, he lives with his wife and children and enjoys family outings, sports, and reading.

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