CHAOS: The state of recovery information

How can we arrive at a common vocabulary for discussing addiction? Rather than categories and sub-categories, I’ve decided to keep it simple. Addiction engages the mind, the body and the spirit.

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Sorting through the morass of recovery information is not so easy. As is the nature of addicts, there seems to be something for everyone…and few willing or able to organize the mass (mess) of data out there. This blog is my attempt to not only make sense of what’s out there in terms of research and best practices in addiction treatment but to bring value to that information.

Let me add here that I enjoy arranging things. And I think I’m pretty good at it. Feng shui rocks.

When thinking about top-level categories, I first looked into the blogosphere to see what other people were doing. Often, blogs are organized by topic. But the topic of addiction is so broad that many people seem to have gotten lost in the abstraction. Addiction bloggers, I noticed, tend to organize and archive their posts a little randomly (if at all). Here are some examples:

A.A. History


Big Book






Prayer and Meditation









World problems

Whew! How to deal with all that data? How to tag it?

In an effort to simplify, I simply stuck with the way that I see my own recovery: it is a threesome. Recovery consists of three parts: my body, my mind and my spirit. Each of these is an essential vehicle for growth. Each of the triad requires equal attention. If one facet of my recovery is out of balance, life gets out of whack. So, voila! It became clear. I could base the blog on the template of life … and hopefully help others in the process. In the least, I’ll feel like I’ve made an effort to reverse entropy. And clean out our collective closet!

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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