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Kevin Giles is a product of Santa Cruz, CA – the stoner capitol of the world. A born again Christian, Kevin loves his Lord Jesus and believes that his purpose in life is determined by God. He first entered drug recovery at the age of 19, suffering from an addiction to marijuana. He is a recent graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Passionate about God’s Word, he aspires to become a pastor or missionary. Kevin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. His interests include traveling, movies, golf, fitness and reading. He also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Kevin’s faith, education and life experience give him a unique perspective on addiction, recovery and spirituality.

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Dopeless in Seattle… For Now

Dopeless in Seattle… For Now

Voters in the states of Washington and Colorado have recently approved measures decriminalizing marijuana.  Despite this, there is no place to legally purchase it. Both states now allow adults over the age of 21 to consume and possess small amounts of marijuana, but there is no place to get it yet. This is because the stores that marijuana profiteers hope to set up are being shunned in many communities. The Colorado law, known as constitutional Amendment 64, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs

Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

  A group of scientists sponsored by Japan’s government recently found that a significant portion of Japanese youths are likely addicted to the Internet, which can cause health problems, including sleep disruptions and negative mental effects. A team of researchers, led by Professor Takashi Oida of Nihon University, distributed a survey to nearly 140,000 students across Japan to find out how they utilize the internet, and how it affects them. A total of about 98,000 student … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Research

“That 70’s Show” Star, Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43 in California Rehab

  Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit comedy series “That 70’s Show,” passed away on August 14, 2013, while staying in a California drug and alcohol rehab facility after battling with alcoholism for several years. She was determined to turn her life around in rehab after being arrested several times in the last few years for DUIs and other charges, but at only 43 years old, the actress reportedly died from a cardiac arrest in her sleep at the rehab facility, although the certainty of her cause of death has not been officially released to the public. In a report by The Daily Beast, Lisa Robin Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said that he “…spoke to her on Monday, and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part … Read entire article »

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Can Kids Be Too Religious? Obsessive Behavior May Signify Mental Illness

  One of the roles of parents is to encourage healthy, positive activities in the lives of their children.  Many parents of religious children will encourage their children to partake in religious activity, whether as part of family tradition or because they believe that it brings comfort and improves the overall well-being of the child.  Unfortunately, not all religious activity is healthy, as hyper-religiosity may be a sign of a deeper mental illness issue.  “[Hyper-religiosity] looks positive but could be negative,” says Stephanie Mihalas, a UCLA professor and licensed clinical psychologist (Russo). According to Dr. Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation, practicing religion promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and even the community.  Religion can be a positive force in the lives of both children and adults, according to Dr. Bill Hathaway, … Read entire article »

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Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

  Women are more likely to develop mental health problems, according to a study by Professor Daniel Freeman of Oxford University. The findings of the study, which is based on data from other epidemiological studies from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, present significant ramifications for public health. According to Freeman’s study, women are almost 75% more likely than their male counterparts to report recent difficulties with depression and about 60% are more … Read entire article »

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Afghan War Veterans Sent Home with High Rates of Mental Disorders, including PTSD

Afghan War Veterans Sent Home with High Rates of Mental Disorders, including PTSD

  A recent review of medical records has revealed that a significant percentage of Canadian soldiers returning from the war in Afghanistan have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Significant numbers are also coming back with other mental disorders such as depression. During the past 12 years of war in Afghanistan, more than 40,000 members of the Canadian armed forces went to battle. In the aftermath, significant research has been done on mental health problems found … Read entire article »

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Coffee Prevents Suicide, Study Finds

Coffee Prevents Suicide, Study Finds

  A new study from Harvard University suggests that regular caffeine consumption lowers the risk of suicide. Data was collected on 208,424 people, including details on their caffeine consumption. After reviewing the data compiled, the researchers noticed a significant correlation: those who drink several cups of caffeinated coffee daily were at a much lower risk of suicide than those who drank decaffeinated coffee, very little coffee, or no coffee at all. It seems that 2-4 cups per day … Read entire article »

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To Avoid, or Not to Avoid? Avoidance as an Emotional Coping Strategy

To Avoid, or Not to Avoid? Avoidance as an Emotional Coping Strategy

Do you ever avoid things that you don’t want to do? Do you feel that avoiding certain activities, events, or disputes is the best thing to do when your priorities conflict with each other? New research suggests avoidance might actually be  an effective coping strategy in specific situations. However, when dealing with intense thoughts, memories, or emotions, avoidance coping has many drawbacks, and can cause a host of other issues. It can also be vital … Read entire article »

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Chronic Marijuana Consumption Induces Brain Inflammation

Chronic Marijuana Consumption Induces Brain Inflammation

  Heavy, long-term marijuana use may cause inflammation in the brain that induces problems associated with learning, reaction time, and coordination, a new study suggests. During the study, researchers of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona administered delta9-tetrahydracannabinol, or THC, one of the active ingredients in marijuana, to mice for a period of six days. While under the influence of the drug, the mice were required to perform several various tasks in order to test their coordination … Read entire article »

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Another Amanda Bynes Meltdown

Former child actress Amanda Bynes made news again this week after another outlandish stunt. Bynes was taken into custody by Ventura Co. Sheriff’s deputies this week after lighting a fire in front of an old folk’s home in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, CA. Bynes has been in the news a lot this year, but she certainly isn’t picking up any “good press.” Last December she entered into a civil agreement to settle a lawsuit against her after hit-and-run charges were filed. She was also charged with driving on a suspended license, and she actually lost her driver’s license for a while. Then, after being asked to leave a gymnastics’ class for her behavior, she was kicked out of the gym for smoking pot inside the locker room and arrested for … Read entire article »

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