Truman Offers Alcoholics Anonymous at Sea


Story Number: NNS070205-10Release Date: 2/5/2007 4:29:00 PM
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By Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jymyaka Braden, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) sponsors Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings at sea in an effort to keep recovering alcoholics in treatment.

The meetings take place Monday thru Saturday from 8-9 p.m. in the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) office.

"We want to do whatever we can do to help them stay sober," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (AW/SW) Harry Maragh, SARP representative.

A.A. is a voluntary fellowship of more than 2,000,000 members in 146 countries. AA offers its members a support system to aid one another in recovery. The chapter on board serves the same purpose.

"What usually happens is people will already have a home chapter that they belong to, but once we deploy for six months they can't go," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (AW/SW) Crystal Edmonds, command SARP representative.

Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Electronics Brian Morrison said the meetings are as effective as the group itself. AA members are encouraged to lean on one another to help cope and deal with daily sobriety.

"I am extremely proud of the individuals that attend AA on board because they understand their place in sobriety and responsibility to be a positive contributor to the USS Harry S. Truman's mission," said Morrison.

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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