Recovery from any addiction requires daily practice—not just spiritual practice, but also attention to the body and a healthy lifestyle. The Recovering Body puts together the first-ever comprehensive guide to achieving physical recovery as part of the path to lifelong sobriety.
Including chapters on exercise, nutrition, sleep, sexuality, and meditation, this book offers the direct experience of dozens of real recovering people along with the science behind why these practices foster recovery and prevent relapse.
“The Recovering Body melds real-life experience, practical advice, and state-of-the-art science to help readers understand what addiction does to our bodies and how we can recover ourselves—body, mind, and spirit.”—Katherine Ketcham, coauthor with William Cope Moyers of Broken
The Recovering Body is an engaging commentary on the importance of exercise and meditation for people in recovery—but it is so much more than simply a self-help book. Personal, luminous in its depth of understanding of the human condition, this is a book that would benefit anyone who struggles with self-image. This is a book for all persons who choose light above darkness.”—Kaylie Jones, author of Lies My Mother Never Told Me
“An essential read for anyone struggling with addiction and compulsion. Matesa has integrated science and stories that provide the reader with critical insight and guidance from every perspective. This book is the roadmap towards fulfillment and happiness.”
—Shane Niemeyer, Ironman triathlete and author of The Hurt Artist: My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman
“What exactly is recovered during recovery? With warmth and intelligence, Matesa suggests that healing the body from physical addiction is not separate from spiritual healing. Through fascinating stories from the field and using her experience as an educator and journalist who overcame her own addiction, she explains how movement, nourishment, sleep, pleasure, and mindfulness pave the road home to yourself. A blueprint for healing, body and soul.”—Susan Piver, New York Times bestselling author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
“The Recovering Body opens our eyes to the next level of recovery—offering clarity into the great benefits of expanding our wellness as people who have chosen life over the downward spiral of addiction. As the Big Books says, ‘More will be disclosed’ and I believe in Jennifer Matesa’s The Recovery Body, it already has.”—After Party Chat Dot Com
“[Matesa’s] writing is very accessible, is not preachy, and unpretentiously conveyed a lot of deep truths that I hadn’t considered but seemed self-evident as soon as I read them. … [T]he book takes a lot of previously disparate pieces of information that I vaguely knew to be true and organizes them into framework that not only deepened my understanding, but offered a concrete path to continue enhancing and securing my own recovery. I highly recommend it.”—Addiction & Recovery News