The authors take the reader through an organized educational process in defining, explaining, and orienting us to the dynamics of treatment. Information regarding the numbers of medical professionals who are addicted or abusing chemical substances is impressive. The stresses, personality traits, and their expectations of themselves as well as the expectations of others are frequently the basis for their dependency. Although the result is generally optimistic, the processes for positive outcomes are complex. The disease of chemical dependency is addressed in a broad articulate discussion of the effects of neurotransmitters, genetics, and environmental factors on the chemically dependent person.