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Rehab facility focuses on warriors

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BANDERA, Texas -

Outside Warriors Heart Ranch, 20 cutouts of steel tell the stories of veterans who have committed suicide.

It's a problem Annette Hill knows too well.

"It's the part of the war you bring home, and you're still battling it," Hill said.

Her son, Army Spc. Adam Hill Gibson, 25, committed suicide in 2009 after two deployments to Iraq. Here at home, he faced another enemy; post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism.

"It's a hell you don't wake up from," Hill said.

Still fighting her own pain, Hill is now clinical director at Warriors Heart near San Antonio. It's a private treatment facility for PTSD, traumatic brain injury, drug and alcohol addiction. It's the first ever to only treat veterans, law enforcement and first responders.

"We treat everything at once," Hill explained. "We stabilize the addiction first, that is the truth-- and then we start to untie the knot of what is their life."

Treatment here runs 28 to 90 days. Patients go through four individual sessions a week and three hours of group therapy a day. On the 500-acre property, fitness and spirituality are also part of the treatment.

"It's just you and your own personal darkness," said William, who was a Navy medic in Iraq.

William returned home with PTSD and turned to alcohol. After experiencing suicidal thoughts, he reached out to dozens of facilities before he found Warriors Heart.

"When you get into one of these groups, it's like a war. You know, each person is fighting their own personal war right then and there," William said.

The therapy dogs helped him get back on his feet. Now, he's paying it forward. He now works with the K-9 program, training dogs to help other vets.

For more information : www.warriorsheart.com

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