Veteran receives addiction help from Bristlecone

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Air Force veteran James Allen recently decided to make Reno his home. He served six years as a Technical Application Specialist and after registering with the Department of Veterans Affairs, he had a wake-up call.

"It was there that I realized I had a severe drinking issue," Allen said.

Rikki Hensley-Ricker, Bristlecone Director of Operations, said he's made a lot of progress in the past three months.

"He is very serious about his recovery. He knows he has a problem and he's using all the tools we give him," she said.

Allen said he really took to the head chef, Dave Gray, and has looked up to him as a mentor. He helps out with the cooking on a regular basis.

"It gives him the opportunity to cut loose a little bit and open up," Gray said. "You get a lot more information when you're actually working with someone."

Allen is in the transitional living program at Bristlecone and will be starting a new job at Tesla November 13. He said he owes a lot of his success to the help he has received.

"I'm set in the next month or so to move out and move on with life," Allen said.

Bristlecone Family Resources is a KOLOCares Pillar Partner.