When a career ending injury saw former Millwall striker Richie Sadlier retire from football, his life spiralled out of control. Fuelled by a dependency on alcohol, he spent years running from dark memories and feelings that had haunted him since his childhood. Until one day he hit rock-bottom and decided to stop drinking and confront his demons.
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 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 RTE radio and the Second Captains sports podcasts, presenting The Player's Chair. He also writes regularly for The Irish Times.