'My Way Out' Alcohol Recovery Program Featured in Wall Street Journal Article Highlights New Treatments for Addiction

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The effective, multi-faceted therapy for alcoholism combines medication, nutritional supplements, self-administered hypnotherapy and simple modifications to diet and exercise.

(PRWeb) August 23, 2005 – September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and according to an article in the Aug. 23 edition of the Wall Street Journal, there may be cause for alcoholics to celebrate. New approaches to treatment, which include medications that curb craving, appear to finally offer a glimmer of hope to the estimated 17.5 million Americans who suffer with alcohol addiction.

One of those medications, topiramate, is integral to a recovery program named after “My Way Out,” a book written by ex-problem drinker Robert Jewell and available at http://www.mywayout.org. In it, she describes her 20-year battle with the bottle and the innovative program she developed that has now captured the attention of the medical, legal and recovery community and been embraced by individuals worldwide. Many have quietly adopted the therapy, usually under their doctor’s care. Medical director and collaborator, Dr. Linda Garcia (M.D.), says topiramate (or Topamax) is part of the successful, multi-modality treatment that also incorporates self-administered hypnotherapy, anti-craving supplements and a moderate exercise program.

Individuals like Reba Wittenborn of Portland, Ore., a problem drinker who overcame her alcohol addiction using the program, was initially unable to find a physician to help her, but landed on the website, downloaded the book, and found relief almost instantly. She was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as having enjoyed an immediate release from her longtime craving on the day she first initiated the therapy.

Garcia, an internist who administers the program to dozens of patients in her home state of Alaska, isn’t surprised.

“That’s consistent with what I observe in my practice, although it may take some patients a little longer,” she says. “Everyone is different, and frankly that’s one of the advantages of this therapeutic approach—it is highly customizable and we can modify it for each patient.”

Garcia was quoted in the June 13, 2005 issue of Newsweek Magazine in an article entitled “New Hope for Addicts” and says she receives inquiries from healthcare providers across the globe interested in providing the multi-faceted approach to their own patients. She has closely followed the work of Dr. Bankole Johnson (M.D., Ph.D.), whose groundbreaking topiramate study was published in a 2003 issue of the Lancet medical journal. His research demonstrated the medication’s ability to promote abstinence or reduce binge drinking. The protocol provides the pharmacological foundation for the My Way Out program but Garcia says the other elements are just as essential in ensuring success.

“If you follow best practices, just as we do for our patients with diabetes or hypertension, and treat the whole person comprehensively, I think you really have the greatest chance of success,” she says. “I believe it’s also one of the reasons individuals benefit from this positive change in their relationship with alcohol so quickly and dramatically, and why these lifestyle changes can be lasting ones.”

Jewell and Garcia are slated for a series of national morning radio interviews on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 24-25, to talk about the My Way Out program. An appearance schedule follows; please email for specific times.

Minneapolis: WXCE-AM; Regional NY/NJ: WTBQ-AM; Grand Rapids: WGVU-FM; Pittsburgh: WOHI-AM; Boston: WATD-FM; Cleveland: WQAL-FM; Washington, DC: WTOP-AM; Regional AZ, NV, CA: KAAA/KZZZ-FM; Sacramento: KAHI-FM; Green Bay, WI: WKSZ-FM; Boston: WNTN-AM; Raleigh: WIXE-FM; New York: WXRK-FM; Colorado Springs: KCMN-AM; Hawaii    KKCR-FM: Chicago: WSSD-FM; Also: Powernomics Radio Network, Cable Radio Network, USA Radio Network

For more information about the program, visit http://www.mywayout.org. To learn more about Dr. Linda Garcia (M.D.), visit the publisher’s website at http://www.capalo.com. Radio interviews are scheduled by Planned Television Arts.

Media Contact:

Kellie Hyder

907-322-7105

Website: http://www.mywayout.org

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