November 29, 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. - After three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. J. Hardin
wound up hiding from the world in a backwoods cabin in North Carolina.
Divorced, alcoholic and at times suicidal, he had tried almost all the
accepted treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder: psychotherapy, group
therapy and nearly a dozen different medications.
"Nothing worked for me, so I put aside the idea that I could get better,"
said Mr. Hardin, 37. "I just pretty much became a hermit in my cabin and
never went out."