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Title:
The recovering body : physical and spiritual fitness for living clean and sober
Author:
Matesa, Jennifer.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Center City, Minnesota : Hazelden, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
xii, 173 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"In our former lives as practicing alcoholics and addicts, we likely punished our bodies as much as our minds. And yet, recovery programs often neglect the physical, focusing primarily on the mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of staying sober. In The Recovering Body, popular health writer and Guinevere Gets Sober blogger Jennifer Matesa provides simple, effective ways for addicts to heal the damage caused by substance abuse, whatever our age, lifestyle, or temperament. Combining solid science and practical guidance, along with her own experience and that of other addicts, Matesa offers a roadmap to creating our own unique approach to physical recovery, . Each chapter provides key summaries and helpful checklists, focused on: exercise and activity sleep and rest nutrition and fuel sexuality and pleasure meditation and awareness Matesa's holistic approach frames physical fitness as a living amends to self-a transformative gift analogous to the "spiritual fitness" practices worked on in recovery"--

"The Recovering Body offers simple, effective ways for addicts to heal the damage caused by substance abuse. Jennifer Matesa focuses on five areas of healing: through exercise and activity, sleep and rest, nutrition and fuel, sexuality and pleasure, and meditation and awareness"--
General Note:
"Order no. 7568"
Language:
English
Contents:
Slumdogging: ways addiction trashes the body -- Moving the body: recovery and exercise -- Nourishing the body: appetite and food -- Seeking peace of mind and body: sleep -- Gratifying the body: pleasure and sexuality -- Awakening the body: meditation and awareness.
ISBN:
9781616495374
Format :
Book

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Summary

In our former lives as practicing alcoholics and addicts, we likely punished our bodies as much as our minds. And yet, recovery programs often neglect the physical, focusing primarily on the mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of staying sober.In The Recovering Body, popular health writer and Guinevere Gets Sober blogger Jennifer Matesa provides simple, effective ways for addicts to heal the damage caused by substance abuse, whatever our age, lifestyle, or temperament. Combining solid science and practical guidance, along with her own experience and that of other addicts, Matesa offers a roadmap to creating our own unique approach to physical recovery,. Each chapter provides key summaries and helpful checklists, focused on: exercise and activity sleep and rest nutrition and fuel sexuality and pleasure meditation and awarenessMatesa's holistic approach frames physical fitness as a living amends to self-a transformative gift analogous to the "spiritual fitness" practices worked on in recovery.


Author Notes

Jennifer Matesa has worked as a journalist, graphic designer, publications consultant, and university instructor. She lives in Pittsburgh.

(Publisher Provided)

Jennifer Matesa is a Voice Award Fellow at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is the author of the blog Guinevere Gets Sober. Her forthcoming nonfiction book, The Recovering Body, about physical and spiritual fitness for living clean and sober, is due out Fall 2014.

Jennifer Matesa is a writer. For over twenty years she has made a career of writing about health as a journalist and author of two books. Lamaze International chose her book, Navel-Gazing: The Days and Nights of a Mother in the Making, as a top-ten best pregnancy book in 2001.

Jennifer Matesa is also a recovering addict. Recently, Matesa, 47, shared her story of addiction and recovery with students participating in the Scaife medical student assistantship program at IRETA. She warned students that she and her doctors had both overlooked her predisposition toward addiction, and she suggested ways for the students to become aware of the risks of addiction and to treat addiction in their future medical careers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Come Homep. 1
1 Slumdogging: Ways Addiction Trashes the Bodyp. 11
2 Moving the Body: Recovery and Exercisep. 23
3 Nourishing the Body: Appetite and Foodp. 55
4 Seeking Peace of Mind and Body: Sleepp. 83
5 Gratifying the Body: Pleasure and Sexualityp. 105
6 Awakening the Body: Meditation and Awarenessp. 131
Referencesp. 165
About the Authorp. 173

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