This site is for people who think they might have “a problem” with drugs, including alcohol and nicotine, and where you can come for current news and research about addiction and recovery, as well as reviews of books and media about addiction, recovery, and practices that support recovery. And great stories, too.
My name is Jennifer Matesa, and I’m the author of four nonfiction books about body, mind, and human wellbeing, including Sex in Recovery: A Meeting Between the Covers (October 2016) and The Recovering Body: Physical and Spiritual Fitness for Living Clean and Sober (2014), both from Hazelden Publishing. I speak and write widely, and I teach writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
I detoxed from fentanyl in 2008, had a brief relapse, and have been sober since January 3, 2010. “Guinevere” was one of the first blogs of its kind—a site dedicated not just to recounting the drunkalog or being the oracle of inspiration to stay sober, but also to giving the public reliable information about addiction, recovery, treatment, public policy, and other complex issues, without advertising or fees. My commitment to removing the stigma from addiction and recovery earned me a fellowship at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Disclaimer—Guinevere Gets Sober is not a place where anyone can expect or get medical advice. Please see a physician or other qualified medical practitioner if you want medical advice. … I write from the attitude of “beginner’s mind”—in which my experience of recovery is still fresh and I’m on a learning curve—and I’m very glad to be alive.