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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THt IFTHBRIOOE WRAID Twrfuy, Novtmblr 7, 1972 Patients get sick, then control their addiction By MARLENE COOKSHAW Jlorahl Slaft Writer Free weekly therapy sessions for alcoholics and drug addicts wilh a desi-e Lo kick the habit will begin next week at the University of Lclhbridge under the direction of psychology pro- fessor Santokb Anant. Professor Anant developed his Verbal Aversion Therapy In 1965 and practised it first in the same year in Regina in the em- ploy of the Saskatchewan gov- ernment. Twenty-five of 25 alcoholics he treated were successful in Iheir attempt at abstinence and spent eight to 11 months "away from alcohol." Professor Anant said he was unable ID follow their progress further, after moving to Lethbridge in He said that he has worked with several people in the com- munity in overcoming such problems as obesity because of overeating, and smoking. "The people must be willing to change. If they are moti- vated, then I can help them give up their undesirable habits." He said that part of the time is spent discussing individual problems, so that participants will learn lo face them rather than run from them. Professor Anant said lliat any individual anxieties which he found wera causing or aggravating the al- coholism were dealt with indiv- idually. He said that ho developed the technique after studying with Professor J. Wolpe in June of 1965 at the University of Virginia Medical School. The first of the five sessions Is primarily in intervew form, where the participant will ex- plain his or her personal drink- ing problem, including such information as usual drinking situations, whether he drinks alone or with friends, and his background. Discussion The following sessions begin with a discussion of problems encountered during the last week, wilh a focus on individ- ual situations, A half-hour is spent where the patient is taught to relax- fully, and imagine situations suggested by the professor. The sessions to help them to control the said Professor Anant. "Once they learn to de- velop this control, and If ever they feel they are losing It again, they can come back for a 'booster' session." Professor Anant said that ha recommends Alcoholics Anon- ymous to all his patients. The therapy sessions for al- coholism and drug addiction begin Monday afternoon In Itoom C822 at the U of L. Anyone interested In eitjier individual or group sessions is asked to contact the psychology department or the professor. patients are then given assign- ments in auto-suggestion to com- plete during Ihe week. The scenes which the partici- pants are asked to imagine have the patient as the central ligure in a realistic situation in- volving drinking, and which end in physical sickness and conse- quently great dislike for drink- ing. The four stages are taught in four sessions the first the imagination of a scene where drinking causes the nausea, the second where the smell of a drink is the cause, and the third where feeling a desire to drink creates aversion, or a feeling of distaste, in the patient. Positive step The fourlh stage and filial session is a positive one, where patients leam to associate drinking with other beverages than alcohol, so that the word bottle no longer means liquor to them, but a soft drink. The patients are also taught how to continue practising the therapy at home, and in some esses are often urged to bring their husband or wife to the Kananaskis plan knocked By GBEG McINTVRE Herald Legislative Bureau EDMONTON Bob Clark criticized the government in the legisla- ture Monday for failing to con- duct an environment impact study and public hearings be- fore starting improvements to the forestry trunk road through the Rocky Mountain foothills. Highways Minister Clarence Copithome said about 30 miles of the road south of the Banff highway to Ihe Kananaskis Lakes area will be paved in the next three years. Eventual plans call for pav- ing the road all the way south to Coleman on Highway 3 in the Crowsnest Pass, he said. Environment Minister Bill Yurko said an environmental impart study has been done, but public hearings are not planned. 43rd St. not priority EDMONTON Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne said Monday that improve- ments to 43rd St. running through the City of Lethbridge boundary is not a priority in the provincial government's road improvement program. Replying to a question in the legislature from John Ander- son he said there is no agreement on cost sharing for improve- ments to the road between the three parties involved the province, the county and the city. Outside the house, Mr. Copi- thorne added that during a re- cent visit to southern Alberta he was told by local authorities that there were more im- portant highway projects than 43rd street. Mr. Clark, former education minister, replied that the en- vironment impact study should have been done before plans for road improvements were drawn up. Highways Minister C o p 1- thorne said later that the 120- mile Kananaskis to Coleman road Is in 'terrible' shape yet is under heavy use, particu- larly during the tourist season when about vehicles tra- vel the route on an average long summer weekend. A report on the proposed road improvements from See- be, east of Canmore, south to the Kananaskis lakes area said the foothills vicinity should be opened to take some of the heavy recreational traffic from the Calgary area. The report, tabled in the bcuse Monday, said UK exist- ing road is of relatively low standards, varying from 18 to 25 feet wide with numerous sharp curves and steep grades. The proposed new highway will be 36 feet wide, consist- ing of two 12 foot travel lanes and a six foot shoulder on each side on which vehicles may stop. United fund outlook good The 1972 Lethbridge United Appeal campaign organizers are optimistic they can raise more money than the collected last year. Campaign spokesmen said Monday that returns to the end of last week stand at about over the amount raised at the same time last year. Jim Smith, executive direct- or of the Community Chest which organizes the campaign, says the active canvass will wind up by the middle of the month and the campaign will bn finalized by the month's end. Ted Hinman said in an interview he will be in no hurry to press the gov- ernment into completing the new road through the foothills because a wide, fast highway would soon become a major commercial road and would destroy the wilderness beauty of the present road. Mr. Clark said paving the Kananaskis Coleman road is certain to result hi damage to plant and animal life. Sign policy release near EDMONTON Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne said Monday he will release in the legislature the govern- ment's new policy regarding signs on provincial highways in Alberta. ,In an interview he said the policy outline genera] guidelines and will not deal with specific issues. The Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta has requested that the depart- ment of highways officially designate Highway 4 south of Lethbridge the Whoop-up Trail and Highway 2 from Fort Ma- cleod to Calgary the Macleod Trail. Mr. Copithorne said this will not be considerel in the state- ment expected this week. He said what the policy will do is state what kinds of sips will be allowed and what signs the province will erect at pro- vincial expense. One new regulation he said is that the Alberta government is erecting signs on all secon- dary roads, something the for- mer government did not allow. He said the policy statement was prompted by numerous re- quests from individuals and or- ganizations of many kinds wishing to know what was and what wasn't permissible along provincial roads. NOW IS THE TIME TO INSTALL ZONOLITE INSULATION FIREPROOF VERMINPROOF ROTPROOF ODORLESS If the insulation in your attic is less than 4" thick the heat loss may be as high as You can do-it-yourself or let our men complete the job for you: FREE ESTIMATES Per Sack... ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. "Your Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since 1925" Cor. 2nd Ave. and 13th St. S., Lethbridge Ph. 328-3301 PEACE RIVER GIRL LOOKS OVER NOTES Sylvia L'Hirondelle one of youngest sludenls. Groenen Photo She's 16 font feels older VofL was logical step One of the youngest sludsnls ever to attend university in Al- berta is enrolled at the Univer- sity of Lethbridge. Sylvia L'Hirondelle entered the U of L this fall. She is 16. Sylvia graduated from Peace River High School in June with a 91 per cent average on de- partmental subjects. Since there aren't many worthwhile jobs available for a 16-year-old, Sylvia decided university was the next step from high school. Her reason for choosing the U of L over other Alberta uni- versities is its size. "Its smaller and I've found it easier to get to know people here than it would have been in she said. "Anyway, everyone else seems to go lo Edmonton so I thought I would be different and come here." DIOLOGY DEGREE Her immediate goal Is a de- gree in biological sciences which she will have hy the lime most people are entering uni- versity. Although she could have a doctorate degree by the time she is 23, Sylvia says she hasn't really thought about further ed- ucation past a BA. Sylvia went through school in her home town of Peace River in 11 years by simply skipping Grade 1 altogether. However, she has no plans to try and squeeze four years of university study into a shorter period of time. Commenting on the adjust- ment to university, where she takes classes people some- limes twice her age, Sylvia said she hasn't found it too dif- ficult because she has been with an older age group through- out her school life. PEOPLE OPEN "I feel just as old as every- one she says in her soft- spoken manner. "I've found the people here are pretty open and one thing I really like is that the pro- fessors arc willing to sit down and talk wilh you and you can really get to know them." Sylvia said the smaller classes and informal atmos- phere have helped in making the big adjustment from high school to university. Sylvia was recently award- ed a 5500 entrance scholarship from the Friends of the Utii- versity which will he present- ed during a awards night banquet Nov. 21. Sr. citizens request old library A 452-name petition asking the city to turn the existing public library over to Ihe Gold- en Mile Senior Citizens' Centre when it becomes vacant was j referred to the community ser- vices advisory committee by city council Monday. Ann Fairies and Dorothy An- derson presented the cenlrn's case to council saying the ex- isting drop-in centre at South- minster United Church is "fast becoming too small lo handle the operation." Miss Fairies said the library would be Ideal us a drop-in centra because there arc no stairs Into the building that might make It difficult for whecl-chfilr and handicapped members lo nllcnd. The II- brnry's central locution nml nc- ccsslblllty lo the Gnlt Gardens arc iilso plus factors, she add- ed. Mrs. Anderson, tlircct- or, said with the use of Ihe li- brary, plans could go ahead for a custodial recreation day- carp program for handicapped senior citizens who cannot now altond the venire. She reasoned that If more Warner woman in hospiud One of two persons injured In a two-cnr collision lale Friday afturnuuii remains in Lclh- bridgc Municipal Hospital with pelvic Injuries in "fairly good" condition. Mrs. Ronny T.nw of Raymond was Injured when the car slio was driving was In collision with n car driven by Joshua Knlz of Ifi07 Scenic Heights shortly before p.m. Friday. of the handicapped, senior citi- zens could get out lu the cen- tre, there would he a decrease in the number tliat would have lo go inlo nursing homes. The library Is not expected to become vacant to at least two years. Plans for the new be biu'll on the old Central School site, are in tho final stages of preparation. Construction is scheduled to be- gin next spring. Vegetable crops CHvo Schaupmoyo-, vege- table production specialist at tho Alberta Horticultural Re- search Center at Brooks, will bo special speaker nt n short course in tho CoaldMo Sports- plcx Nov, nt p.m. He will discuss lire market poten- tial for vr-gctr.Wc crops in south- ern Alberto. Council tables parking hassle Two methods of dealing with a parking shortage at the Holiday Village were brought before city council Monday but the whole matter was tabled pending the outcome of a re- lated law suit. The parking shortage ques- tion has come up again since Glendale Recreations Ltd. re- opened eight bowling lanes in the Holiday Village Sept. 29. The shopping centre-hotel complex is now short 45 parking stalls. The bowling alley was closed down for several months after a wall fell on the lanes during the first stages of the Holiday Inn construction. When Glen- dale Recreations applied to the city lo re-open the lanes, the Municipal Planning Commis- sion said no. There were not enough parking spaces. Clendale Recreations then sued the city. Holiday Village Ltd. and Smith Brothers and Wilson, contractors for the complex. The claim asks for a court order requiring the city and Holiday Village to provide enough parking stalls on the site for bowling alley patrons to park their cars. The suit Is scheduled to go to court later this month. Until then, City Manager Tom Nutting's request for coun- cil to consider either allowing a final occupancy permit issued with the parking short- age, or to hold back the permit until the 40 sails are provided, will stay on the shelf. Money for fire hall given first reading City council Monday approv- ed the hiring of Lurie and Neu- feld architects for design of the new central fire hall. At the same time, first read- ing was given t> bylaws which will allow the city lo borrow for construction of the central fire hall and a new headquarters and training cen- tre on the No. 2 Fire Hall site in north Lethbridge. The new downtown fire hall will be located on the north- east corner of 6th Ave. and 4th St. S. If the bylaws are approved, construction will start at both locations next year. The bylaws require three readings for ratification. Be- fore the third reading can be passed, approval must be ob- tained from Local Authorities Board. Hearing Aid Counseller TO HOLD FREE HEARING AID CONSULTATION THURS. and FRI., NOV. 9-10 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 323 Slh SI. 5. Lethbridge (GRAPHIC REPRODUCTION OFFICE) LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA We aro pleased to announce thai Mr. Reg. Stoft Beltone trained -consultant will be at our special two day hearing aid consulta- tion. If you havo a henr- intj problem, Mr. SloM in- i to electronic hearing tesf, and demonstration of now Bcltono Hearing Aids. No obligation. Don'I miu this oppor- tunity Hero is your chance lo try tho new- eit and finest Beltane Hearing Aids. If you hesitate to uio a hear- ing aid for fear of btlnej stared this lal- eit lightweight, com- forfoblo o 1 I T a c vo model may bo I ho an- swer to your prayori. MR. REG. STOTT FRESH BATTERIES 25% Off Regular Mee you aro a hearing aid user and come In during our spec Tat hearing aid consultation for a free demonstration, you may purchase a set of batlerits at 25% off. Limit let to a cuplomer. No obliga- tion. HEARING AID CENTRE 212 Lougheed Bldg. 604 1 St. S.W. Calgary, Alberta ;