In a cultural climate that fixates on the human body, wellness has become a billion-dollar industry. Alyx Gorman talks to writers Brigid Delaney (Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness) and Jenny Valentish (Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment) about health and addiction in Australia.

Jenny Valentish (Australian)

Jenny Valentish is the author of Woman of Substances, a journey into the female experience of addiction and treatment. She is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper, and former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J's Jmag. She was born in Slough, a satellite town of London, and moved to Australia in 2006. She quit drinking in 2009, which sparked a desire to explore the drives behind addiction. Currently, she is completing a graduate diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs with Turning Point/Monash University.