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Project Rebirth

After discussions with Project Rebirth, The Overwatch Collective is honored to partner with them now and in the future to better the first responder and military communities. Project Rebirth is the Nation's LARGEST Peer Support Specialist Network for Veterans and Emergency Responders.

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Project Rebirth provides free and confidential support for Warriors and their loved ones in their most difficult times.

Their mission is to aid Military Veterans, Emergency Responders, and their loved ones. They provide a holistic, inclusive approach to recovery, supporting all pathways to achieve a warrior's goals.

They are a nationwide peer-based model for support and air towards self-advocacy and community service. Their network of Peer Specialist at Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are certified by a state governing body, or are working towards the requirements to satisfy certification, supervised by an experienced and credentialed Recovery Peer Specialist and/or Licensed Clinician.

TOC will be recording an episode with Brian Sims August 11th. This will drop late September.

What Project Rebirth Does (taken directly from their website):

What is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist?

A peer support specialist is a person with "lived experience" who has been trained to support those who struggle with mental health, psychological trauma, or substance use. Their personal experience of these challenges provide peer support specialists with expertise that professional training cannot replicate.

Some roles filled by peer support specialists include assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, supporting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist's own recovery experience, supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services, and developing and implementing recovery plans.

In 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services recognized peer support services as an evidence-based practice. It also informed all 50 state Medicaid directors that The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would pay for peer support services, provided that peer support specialists--like other types of healthcare providers--were governed by a statewide training and credentialing program. As of 2016, 42 US states, the District of Columbia, and the Veterans' Administration have adopted such programs to train and certify individuals to work as peer support specialists.


A leading study showed that just over half of those who recover do so with the help of mutual-aid programs, followed by treatment, recovery support services, and medication-assisted treatments — some utilizing more than one type of service.

As defined by the Recovery Research Institute, these pathways fall into three main categories:

  • Clinical pathways, Non-clinical pathways

  • Self-managed pathways, Signpost pathways of recovery




Clinical pathways of recovery involve professional intervention from a healthcare provider, clinician, or other credentialed professional. That includes:

  • Clinical treatment: Medically managed inpatient treatment, clinically managed residential services, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization, and outpatient services.

  • Pharmacotherapy and medication-assisted treatment: Medications like buprenorphine, methadone, naloxone, acamprosate, and naltrexone are used to withdrawal symptoms, reduce alcohol and drug cravings, and some prevent return to use by blocking the effects of certain drugs.

  • Behavioral therapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, behavioral couples therapy, and family therapy.

  • Holistic therapies: Also known as integrative health, this treatment integrates conventional and alternative therapies to treat the person holistically, promoting overall wellness. Therapies include: acupuncture, hypnosis, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, reflexology, reiki, massage, art, dance and music therapies, and animal-assisted therapies.


Non-clinical pathways represent just over half of all preferred pathways of recovery. They include peer-based recovery supports, recovery community centers, educationally based recovery services, faith- and culture-based recovery supports, and recovery housing. Many of these pathways and recovery supports are offered through Recovery Community Organizations.


There are a range of peer-based support services, encompassing mutual-aid groups, peer recovery coaching, and peer-based fitness programs. And The Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS) accredits organizations that provide peer recovery support services.

Many of these supportive groups focus on sharing recovery-related experiences and most often have a peer-led program of recovery, or educational groups. The organizations range in philosophies and principles; some are spiritual, others religious, some are secular and evidence-based, and others involve fitness. They include:

  • Refuge Recovery (based on Buddhist principles)

  • Recovery Dharma

  • SMART Recovery (evidence-based and secular)

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (12-step-based)

  • Cocaine Anonymous (12-step-based)

  • Heroin Anonymous (12-step-based)

  • Narcotics Anonymous (12-step-based)

  • LifeRing Secular Recovery (secular)

  • The Phoenix (community-based, using CrossFit)

  • Moderation Management (not 12-step)

  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety

  • Women for Sobriety (secular)

  • For LGBTQ+-specific resources, read our recent blog, and for non-12-step resources, 



Like peer support groups, faith- and culture-based support groups are geared toward people who practice certain faiths or identify culturally with the values of certain organizations. They allow the person to integrate their beliefs into their recovery. Formally organized groups include:

  • Wellbriety Movement

  • Celebrate Recovery

  • Milati Islam

  • Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others

  • In addition to these groups, most churches and other faith-based communities have specific support within their communities that can be accessed through a pastor, priest, or mentor.


Focused on both high schools and colleges, two main associations are dedicated to providing a supportive recovery environment for their students: the Association of Recovery in Higher Education represents collegiate recovery programs across the US, and the Association of Recovery High Schools represents students globally.


Often referred to as Oxford Houses, halfway houses, or sober living homes, these facilities provide a safe, clean, and supportive environment for people transitioning out of formal treatment. Individuals live in a supportive peer environment and may be required to adhere to certain rules, such as regular drug testing, to stay at the residence. You can find houses that have been certified through the National Alliance of Recovery Residences.


RCOs are hubs within the recovery community. Within these dedicated spaces people in recovery can find a network of helpful recovery support services. These could include peer-based meetings, peer mentor programs, referrals to support services, and social events. The Association of Recovery Community Organizations lists the national network of RCOs helping them to provide a unified voice advocating for people in recovery.


Usually larger organizations offer employee assistance programs to help support and improve employee wellness. That includes support and resources for employees with substance use disorder.

There are also organizations that help individuals in recovery facing certain challenges — like an incomplete educational background or a prior criminal record — to achieve employment. One organization that can help provide these services is Recovery Through Entrepreneurship.


Self-managed pathways of recovery simply means that there is no formal process of recovery or engagement in professional services. Individuals choose to create their own path of recovery.

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