When a career-ending injury saw former Ireland and Millwall striker Richie Sadlier retire from football at age 24, his life spiraled out of control. Without structure or a sense of purpose, and fueled by a dependency on alcohol, he spent years running from the dark memories and feelings that had haunted him since childhood. Until one day, he hit rock bottom and decided to confront his demons.
Now a successful soccer pundit, psychotherapist and mental-fitness teacher, Recovering, written with Dion Fanning is about a life shaped by efforts to escape, and how it is possible to rebuild a life, piece by piece, with the right help. Inspiring and groundbreaking, it is an important reflection on the need to move away from perceptions of shame in our discussions about mental health, sex, relationships and addiction.
Richie Sadlier is a former professional footballer, currently working as a television pundit and psychotherapist. He is a regular contributor to RTÉ radio and the Second Captains sports podcasts, presenting The Player’s Chair. He also writes regularly for The Irish Times.
Dion Fanning is an award-winning journalist, who works for JOE where he presents the Ireland Unfiltered podcast and writes about politics and sport. Before joining JOE in 2016, he was the London-based football correspondent for the Sunday Independent, reporting from five World Cup and covering the Premier League.