Hang 10 Drips exists to help people feel better. Our IV infusion therapy offers a proven, immersive alternative to address physical and mental conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression and PTSD. It can also aid people suffering from addiction, by minimizing the impacts of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

Many members of our military community in Hampton Roads are dealing with these conditions. When we met Michael Peyton and learned of Tribe Task Purpose (TTP), we knew we wanted to help. This nonprofit organization, launched in 2022, takes a holistic approach in rehabilitating active and retired commandos and first responders who struggle with addiction. Their team of former Navy SEALs and medical experts is breaking new ground in supporting members of this community in an immersive, caring environment.

Hang 10 Drips is proud to join with their organization as a partnering sponsor, which includes providing medically managed IV infusions for their participants. We caught up with Michael to learn more about the services TTP provides, the people they assist and his personal experience with recovery.

On your website, you speak to your own struggles with trauma and treatment. Was there a singular moment that inspired you to launch Tribe Task Purpose?

There were a few. In 2019, after 20 years of conducting high-risk operations inside the U.S. Special Operations command, I was trying to get into a conventional rehab treatment program. It was like pulling teeth. There was a waiting list, and then I had to raise money to get into a civilian treatment program. That’s when I knew the system was broken. I was at my wit’s end. It took a one-star Navy SEAL Admiral, a Force Master Chief and another Master Chief SEAL (my brother) to intervene and get me into a program overnight. The fact that it took that high of a level to get treatment showed me how broken the system is.

What was your treatment experience like?

I went through a detox protocol in a civilian hospital for three days. After that, I entered an intensive inpatient treatment program for 35 days. It was very cookie-cutter and generic. Looking at it objectively, I would say this program did not have the needed infrastructure to help people. They didn’t have the funding or staff, and I didn’t fit the patient demographic. It was not for Special Operations Forces at all; not even close. It was geared more for a 22-year-old marine on his third DUI.

We need both inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment options, along with continuing care. Once you complete a 30-day program, there’s nothing there. That’s why there is a 90% relapse rate in the military with recovery.

I felt compelled to make a change. I started talking to professionals in this industry, psychologists and psychiatrists who are helping guys with PTSD and addiction. My conclusion was that the Special Ops demographic falls on a different spectrum, and we needed something different. After much reflection and having in-depth discussions with the co-founders, we worked together to create innovative programs specifically tailored to commandos and first responders dealing with similar stress levels, trauma, and addiction.

What is the TTP program like?

TTP’s vision is to build a tribe with like-minded commandos and first responders who have endured life’s trials. Further, our foundation will provide the skills, resources and tasks to re-frame a life filled with fortitude and purpose.

Many addictions begin by masking pain both physically and emotionally. Our program addresses a lot of the physical pain by restoring homeostasis within the body. With coaching and counseling staff on board, it addresses the mental aspects of addiction as well.

We work with a group of 5-8 people at a time. After our medical staff runs their blood panels and labs, we provide them with a treatment protocol that uses IV therapies, hyperbaric chambers, sensory deprivation tanks, workouts and a diet plan. We also address their physiological needs, so they have a consistent model to use moving forward.

This initial phase is two weeks long, wrapped into a full 12-week model to help them understand and address their addiction, while giving them a platform to make individual changes. This includes an academic curriculum in learning, tailored to each participant and with measurement tools to chart their progress.

TTP is a faith-based organization, and we want to help participants with their spiritual recovery as well. If they do Alcoholics Anonymous, that’s fine. We just want them to have options and something they can use.

How do people learn about Tribe Task Purpose?

Right now, it’s by word of mouth through communities such as the Department of Defense, military veterans and first responders. People reach us through our website form, where they can see if they fall within the categories of the people we are trying to help.

Where is your program conducted?

Presently we work with participants through an out-patient program in Virginia Beach. Our plans are to develop a permanent campus setting in the Shenandoah area of Virginia, where people can complete a 30-, 60- or 90-day inpatient program based on their needs. This will be great for them to enjoy a beautiful environment away from distractions. Ideally, it will be all inclusive and completely funded.

How is Hang 10 Drips involved with TTP?

We are grateful to Hang 10 Drips for providing medically managed IV infusion therapies for our participants. Dr. Lisa Barr, who develops the drip protocols, and their registered nurse, Melanie Scaggs, were aware of our needs. The timing was perfect. The integrity of their business and dedication of their staff is amazing. We absolutely wanted to partner with them, and we will be exploring pain management, regenerative medicine and physical recovery options with Dr. Barr in the future.

What needs does your organization have?

TTP is a 100% donor-funded nonprofit organization, so donations are always needed, no matter the amount. There are different giving options to choose from on our website. Not a penny comes out of the participants’ pockets. All our profits go into our programs.

What would you like people who are learning about TTP for the first time to know?

I’d like them to know that TTP takes a holistic, Christ-centered approach to healing addiction for special operators and first responders. We focus on mind, body and spirit. Even if you might disagree with the spiritual component, you will still get value from our program because we help balance their physiological components. If they are broken physically, we can help with that as well.

These are the folks who protect us, guard us while we sleep. When they are healed, they can go back into their communities and give back. This is not a “one-and-done” program. If they need help completing the program, we are there for them. We are a pillar in their lives they can always lean on.

To learn more about Tribe Task Purpose visit: https://tribetaskpurpose.org.

Michael Peyton, founder of Tribe Task Purpose
Michael Peyton

Michael Peyton is the Executive Director and Founder of Tribe Task Purpose. He has nearly 22 years’ experience gained as a military veteran of the United States Navy SEALs. He has led and integrated multifunctional international and domestic teams, while identifying complex challenges related to safety, efficiency, and execution.

This interview was edited for length and clarity.

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