Specialist William B Allen is a US Army combat medic. When he was discharged from duty after serving two tours in Afghanistan he found himself with long term insomnia, alcohol and substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.
After entering rehab for substance abuse and receiving treatment on a psychiatric ward, both of which were unsuccessful, Allen was entered onto a rather different programme.
This programme involved reiki, massage, yoga and acupuncture. After feeling initially sceptical about treatment Allen actually responded extremely well to his new regime. Within a couple of days of therapy he reported feeling calmer, more energetic and generally in much better physical and mental health.
He was also taught coping techniques which he uses on a daily basis and is now able to sleep through the night without the aid of medication thanks to a series of breathing and relaxation techniques.
Allen truly believes the scheme has helped him to overcome his issues and feels that the only negative is that the programme only facilitates 12 soldiers at a time.
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