Here you will find essays addressing topics within the same subject areas that I am blogging about: addiction and recovery, counseling issues, and thinking God’s thoughts. There is also a section with brief descriptions and links to web sites I recommend. Below are the most recently updated materials within the various Resource sections.




Marijuana Research findings

There seems to be a growing consensus on the medical and mental health concerns associated with smoking marijuana. Beginning in the summer of 2007, a series of research studies into the health risks of smoking marijuana began to appear in medical and research journals. Several of them are summarized here for your convenience. I will periodically update this synopsis of research findings as new studies on marijuana are made public. This was last updated on 1/23/2017.

Marijuana Research Findings


AWARE Questionnaire for Monitoring Relapse Warning Signs

This is a revised version of AWARE Questionnaire (Advance WArning of RElapse). It was originally designed as a measure of the warning signs of relapse as described by Terence Gorski. This instrument was developed through research funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, and is in the public domain. So it may be used without specific permission provided that proper acknowledgment is given to its source. See this copy for the correct citation.

AWARE Questionnaire


Coping with Cravings

It is possible to understand drug craving and to learn how to manage craving without returning to use. A model that allows people to identify set-up behaviors, trigger events, and the cycle of craving itself, and intervening upon this process has proven effective in reducing relapse among addicts.



RxISK is a free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening.

Visit the RxISK site.


Stem Cell Research and Our Inward Parts

Scientists largely agree that stem cells hold potential for the treatment, and possible cure, of many serious medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. While the use of adult stem cells in biomedical research is widely accepted, many religious groups oppose embryonic stem cell research, which involves the use and destruction of human embryos. The Catholic Church and many evangelical Protestant groups have called for a ban on all embryonic stem cell research, believing that “embryos constitute life.”