Doc Torr wrote:
Barr, how did things end for you? What kind of treatment did they do? What specifically did you have to do to regain your gun rights? Did you have to give up the one's you had during treatment?
ETA: Barr, feel free to tell me to bugger off if you feel like it, or PM if you want things more private.
Things ended pretty well for me, I got to talk it out and come up with some healthier options than what I was doing, it helped me get back into my MMA training, and helped to get my focus off of everything I endured in my deployments, and I didn't have to do anything to regain my firearms rights, I had specifically asked a friend of mine that worked for the ATF and he told me everything was good there was nothing special that I had to do since it wasn't court ordered and they were expecting a pretty big influx of vet's with PTSD to be purchasing firearms so as long as the state was ok with it so was the ATF, I didn't have to give up anything while I was in the hospital but I was only allowed to have certain things while I was getting treatment since it was a mental institution, (kind of like in Basic/Boot Camp can't wear anything other than Uniform can't have knives shit like that) I was allowed to smoke but I had to ask for a lighter since there was a pyromaniac that was in there by court order but to be honest I can't blame them for that, (although I still sometimes hit the dirt when I hear a loud boom) I came out of it pretty well it took some time but it helped out more than I could do myself. Granted I still have some issues but they aren't anywhere near as bad as they were.
I really think you need to get your friend to talk to a professional and to keep it off the books (if he plans on being a career Marine) I know he can go talk to the chaplain without chaplain getting all religious on him but It probably wouldn't be a bad Idea if you went to the chaplain to get kind of an idea of how the chaplain will handle it, or he can go to the mental health wing of the Hospital (since you are on Lejuene I can't really tell you where that is but I know damn well it's there).
Short Anecdote: A buddy of mine from my unit got out about the same time I did and had similar tics and mentality as your friend he struggled for a little while and seemed to get it all together without getting professional help got married had some kids yadda yadda yadda living the american dream, and about a year ago we went on a hunting trip, he went off to take a leak and I heard a shotgun go off, to this day his widow is still pissed at me for not stopping him.