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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, September 17, 1973 Drug is used to deter drinking 4Death therapy' for alcoholics By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer For moM drinkers sickness resulting trorrt alcohol is an expedience to be avoided, but Io f s o m e alcoholics a retching, vile, heaving sickness can be a last ditch ef- lort at treatment treatment, sometimes catte'd "death therapy" revolves around the ad- ministration ol drug called antubuse to acute alcoholics The drug administered orally each day is harmless bv itself, but if mixed with alcohol within the body acts as a catalvst, overcoming the alcoholic with an incredibly violent sickness. The object of Antabuse treatment is to deter the patient from consuming any Scottish show Tuesday One performance ot White Heather, a Scottish variety will be held Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre The show, featuring come- dian Ron Dale, begins at 8 p m. and all seats are reserved Tickets, selling at 50 and 00, are available at Leister's. included in the cast are accordionist Jimmy Blue, vocalist Anna Desti. tenor Morrison, and pianist Mark Simpson alcohol while the drug is ac- tive in his system and afterward Lethbridge physician who has developed alcoholism treatment into a near sub- specialtv. savs he resorts to only when all other efforts have failed. "You get failures in treat- ment ones who are not listening or doing anything about other treatments so An- tabuse is he explains "The Antabuse treatment is good in the sense that you feel so ill you cannot stand the sight of drink The drug acts as a deterrent to drinking in a horror he adds II the patient consumes any alcohol within 24 hours of tak- ing the drug it brings on a sickness so intense it can make the patient feel he is go- ing to die. or can cause inter- nal damage T h e p h y s i c i a n s a v s. however, within his practice, those who have been helped through the Antabuse treat- ment could have responded to other treatment "I found that people who n ill use it could get oft alcohol through other means." He stressed that he does not condemn the use of the drug It works in some areas and is. at times, useful in the treatment of critical alcoholics A problem arises, though, because the alcoholic will throw away the pill instead ot taking it every morning, he adds In a Toronto hospital operations are planned to im- plement Antabuse in the Get More Than You Bargained for! ROYAL DOULTON Fine China that s a dinner service and ovenware too. at savings up to 70 It's the PR1SMA COLLECTION by ROYAL DOULTON Limited Time Only Sept 15 to Oct 15th Cafl China 327-5767 608 3rd Ave. S. Tranquil. for now As hunters in Southern Alberta clean their guns in preparation for a Sept. 20 hunting season opening date m Zone 7, the ducks in this photo enjoy a life of tran- quillity while they can. Most ducks now on the lakes in the south have been here all year and aren't expected to be joined by migrating ducks from the north until colder weather sets in. Fish and Wildlife information indicates a fair concentration of local ducks in Southern Alberta Lakes, but gives no indication of when the migration from the north will begin. alcoholics bodies so the effects last longer, but the Lethbridge physician says he would be leery of using it. The Antabuse would be in- serted in the fatty tissues through a small incision in the abdomen where it would be absorbed by the system over a period of six months. "It is a fascinating idea, but the body is beautifully balanc- ed and one must watch for side effects it could be fine in principle but what of the ul- timate." the physician says. The use ot such a drug over a six-month period could "knock out" the use of alcohol for that time but the alcoholic may replace his "liquid tran- quillizer" with another sub- stance, he adds Antabuse can be beneficial but a more positive approach to treatment is through suggestion and not medication The physician explains therapy must run the gamut of physiological treatment and counselling before Antabuse is used "The first thing in treat- ment is to find how much can be done without the use of medication. The doctor explains direct treatment of the alcoholics begins with therapy to build their bodies which have often deteriorated through the prolonged use of alcohol. Treatment of the body is as important as treatment of the mind because corrosion of the body will directly affect the mine1 Abuse of alcohol in- terferes with the whole system by stopping absorption of valuable nutrients, the physician explains. to combat this vitamin deficiency, the physician ad- ministers injections of vitamin B complex and vitamin C Massive dosages of the vitamins build the body up and give the stomach lining time to recover. The injections are necessary because the stomach often cannot absorb orally-administered vitamins, he explains Once the body has been treated the counselling therapy can begin. "Alcoholism is a multi- faceted and multi-disciplined illness it takes much in- vestigation of the person's past, occupation and per- sonality to decide how to get him to stop drinking." the physician says. "Doctors cannot say. don't drink because it could have a reverse effect. Instead they have to replace the bottle with something else." The replacement therapy means finding a project or in- terest the alcoholic can "put his whole mind and body in- him to forget drinking, he explains. Mental health fund raiser sought The provincial Canadian Mental Health Association Board has acted on a request ART DIETRICH DENTURE DENTAL MECHANIC SckwirU8hlg.Z22SlliSt S. ________torn 32M095 !BHw. THE AUCTION BLOCK 2508 2nd Ave. N. License 1553 Regular TUESDAY SALE Sept. 18 p.m. Along with our usual regular fine selection of household lurniture, appliances, and effects, we wish to high lite the following: Large solid birch countert 11 Vi ft. by 2 ft. 4 ins. Artistic wrought iron fence 50 feet long Four chrome slot wheels (New) Set of new maple bunk beds Three beautiful white cement bird baths 3 piece contemperary bedroom suite, dark wood, bed. 1964 Vauxhall Motor Solid Maple high back swivel piano if Hi-boy chest of drawers with matching mirror dresser. Walnut glass front china closet Claw-foot swivel piano stool Plus many more items too numerous to list We wel- come complete liquidation sales and consigned good? 8 10 a m to 5 30 p m Monday thru Saturday Pick-up avail.iblo Phone 327-1222 Auctioneer: John Berezay No. 903 by the Southern Alberta region that a professional fund raiser be hired to co-ordinate fund raising activities throughout the province Jessie Snow, executive director of the local CMHA chapter, says a professional fund raiser would mean the southern region could expand programs and add new programs. The board is inter- viewing applicants for the position The southern branch of the CMHA needs about a year tor its operations. The branch withdrew from the United Way campaign last vear because it was not receiving enough money to keep the operation going. The association in ended 1971 with a deficit of Money raised during the United Appeal campaign tor the CMHA amounted to AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND GASFITTING 24-Hour Service Work New Installations Phone 328-2106 This was not enough to operate on so the southern region decided to do its own hind raising. Mrs. Snow says Since dropping out of the campaign the association has gathered about the same amount but a professional fund raiser could co-ordinate activities so they do not clash with other organizations, she adds. Some of the fund raising ac- tivities ot the CMHA were mistaken by the public as be- ing undertaken by other organizations and groups, she says. Mrs. Snow said the volunteer agency in Lethbridge would like to start a "time out" program. This type of activity, now un- derway in Calgary, would be a program for young mothers which would include learning of new skills, and participa- tion in encounter groups. Besides vying for increased funds, the CMHA has approached St Michael's hospital requesting space in (he old nurse's residence With the increased office space the association could expand programs as well as work closely with the Mental E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Lath.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medicul Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS i t i n I t ill in "i Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. DR. R. S. FABBI OPTOMETRIST 314 8th Street South APPOINTMENTS PHONE 327-3331 Health Services, who are also requesting space in the hospital "We feel this is an oppor- tune time to bring all mental health services under one Mrs. Snow said. The CMHA works with the CMHS m that it often refers people to them for professional care. The Mental Health Services provides professional psychiatric care lor mental health patients and will refer people to the CMHA to participate in one of their programs. One of the main activities of the CMHA in Lethbridge is the "life-long" program. CMHA volunteers, numbering 50 to 60, work on a one-to-one basis helping former patients re- adjust to society. The volunteers visit people from time to time helping with any problems they are finding with their rehabilitation, Mrs Snow said. Warmer weather expected Lethbridge temperatures lor the month of September should be back to normal for September within the next lew days as warm air pushes down Irom the north, the weather office reported today. The probability of frost will also decrease with temperatures ranging between 40 and 70 degrees This morning at 7 a.m the weather office reported a temperature of 32 degrees with a low over the weekend of 25 urass minimum temperature recorded two inches off the ground, the temperature which would tomatoes was 25 degrees this morning with a weekend low ol 18 degrees In search of wind With very little wind to help him out this frustrated sailor leans over the side of his boat to see if he's actually moving. The action took place Sunday at Henderson Lake as many people headed out-of-doors to take advantage of the bright fall weather. income an incentive to work' A guaranteed income does not encourage people to quit work research director Ted Parnell of the Alberta Human Rights and Civil Liberties said in Edmonton Sunday He told the Pensioners con- cerned that income ex- periments in the United States showed the guarantee actually encouraged people to work "A guaranteed income (program) would have an in- centive to work and everyone who worked would be better off financially. "A few people would abuse it. but probably no more than our present svstem and that is a very small number He said the guaranteed in- come is necessary in Canada although 15 different income security programs exist. They still do not ensure everyone of decent minimum standard ol living. Canada's economic system has no mechanism to assure a lair distribution of wealth in our society "The gap between the rich and the poor is not closing: I his gap has actually been in- creasing since 1951 Gas company manager transferred John W. Filde.s. Canadian Western Natural das Com- Ltd manager for Lethbridge and district, is be- ing transferred to Calgary He will become manager ol production and transmission K Man McC.i skill superintendent of customer set vice will be moving from r.ilgarv to replace Mr Kildes Groups such as the aged, disabled and mothers with dependent children are more likely to be poor than others, he said, which means the poorest groups are those largely unable to work tor a living Certifiad Dental Mechanic CLIFF BLACK. BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Leval PHONE 327-2822 AIR CONDITION NOW with the ROUND ONE by ALCON REFRIGERATION LTD. FURNACES. SHEET METAL and HEATING AIR CONDITIONING 2214-43 St. S. Ph. 327-5815 HERE'S AN OFFER YOU SHOULDN'T REFUSE Bolter health care lor your family is now yours for the askinq And it is an offer that you should not refuse Medical knowledgp is increasing at a rapid rate and new techniques and devices make it possible for your physician lo diaqnose diseases and to treat you more effectively linn ever before Our pharmacy also has an offer for you we will nlw-iys stock any new medicine as soon as it is released lor public- use We work closely with the physicians in this lo bring you the best in health care service Wf KNOW THIS IS A BUSY TIME What wilh shopping for school clothes and medical UK! dentil chock ups we welcome the opportunity to help out .my way wo can If you should have a prescription resiiltuKi f'om a check-up for example ask your phy- to (all it in and we will quickly have it ready to go DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY GEORGE Haig Medical Bldg. 601 6th Ave. S. Call 328-6133 RODNEY 401 5th St. S. Free Delivery Call 327-3364 K y rUJ ;