SARP New Name for Navy Medicine Substance Abuse Treatment

Story Number: NNS021115-12Release Date: 11/16/2002 8:52:00 PM
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From Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy medicine's substance abuse treatment programs, known by as many as 14 different names depending upon their locations worldwide, now has a single new name under which all the programs will fall. It's now the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program, or SARP.

The new name became effective Oct. 1 and is designed to help eliminate confusion about Navy medicine's drug and alcohol treatment programs.

"Though we now have one name, the functions of all SARPs - what they did before Oct. 1, 2002 - will remain the same," said Cmdr. Richard Stoltz, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's deputy director for clinical operations.

There are about 60 SARPs throughout the fleet. Their mission is to improve operational readiness, promote healthy lifestyles, and treat problems resulting from alcohol and substance abuse. They use a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of substance related problems, and to meet the individual needs of active-duty personnel, family members and retirees.

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