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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 13, 1976)
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This month's 31ft anniversary of the Lincoln Alco
holics .Anonymous (AA) chapter rads a "decade of -tremendous
growth within the Lincoln community,
a Iocs! AA member said.
Ten years aso, there were only three cr four AA
roeetws a week in -Lincoln, according to Pit, an AA
member for seven years. Weekly meetings now number
23, she said.
Pat's last name is withheld from the public in compli
ance with an AA standard of anonymity for all members.
. Besides the 23 regular AA meetings, nine" Alanon
groups for the spouses of alcoholics, two Alateen groups
for chSJren of alcoholics, and a youth group for AA
members lass than 25 years eld meet weekly in Lincoln.,
Pat attributes the recent merest in the Lincoln AA
chapter to sevenl reasons.
Tere not so ashamed of our feelings. Te don't see
drinking as kavizg th,e moral connotation (that it had in
the past)," she said.
Pat explained that alcoholism is cow treated as a men-;
;tal, spiritual and physical disease. ,
Another reaaon for thejrowth of AA membership is
that young people are realizing the dangers of alcchoL
"People are -doing something about themscfi"es when' .'
they're younger," Pat said, adding that the average age
of AA members is much younger than it was 10 years aga.
The young people's group draws about ICO members.
Many of these members are high school drop outs, Pat
said, who have had trouble with drinking and schooL
AA tries to help them in many cases by giving them in
centive to return to school, according to Pat.
Barbara, a local Alanon member, said she thinks there
are not near a many UNL students in AA as there
should be. She said this is because many students don't
want to be associated with the stereotype of a drunk.
Speakers from outside AA do not go to the meetings
because "we can't identify with them, Pat said.
Fellowship is stressed among AA members, Barbara
said. "People talk and share their experiences, strengths
and hopes with each other, AA members who have
reached sobriety often act as sponsors for newly joined
alcoholics, lending them moral support, Pat said. .
"Once you're an alcoholic, you're always an alcoho
lic," she said, explaining that AA progresses members
through various levels to sobriety. '
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weekly meetings are opened to the public, Carbara said.
Nobody comes out or curiousity to these meetings-they
all have a concern," she said.
The meetings are Sunday at 8 pjn. in the Lincoln
General Hospital cafeteria, and Sunday at 9 ajn. and Ved
nesday at 8 pjn. at 2015 S. 16 St.
AA also helps its members and the public through its
Central Service Office, 620 N. 48th St., room 105. The
office, which opened Oct. 1, provides public information
and literature, serves as home base for AA and sponsors an
answering service, ranging from a reference center to an
alcoholic hotline. The office phone number is 464-8851.
Persons who call for help have their name and phone
if AA gmwZh
number given to a volunteer AA member, according to
Velda Pvichwine, the sole staffer at the office. The office
cannot give out the phone numbers of AA members,
Richwine said, because of AA's anonymity code.
Volunteers call the people who have asked for help,
and administer AA's 12-step call, Rich wine said. The
12-step call is AA's method for encouraging rsorHo
The Central Service Office is financed entirely by AA
member donations. An AA policy forbids acceptance of
outside contributions, Pat said, because if one person
donated a large sum to AA, he would own or possess a
part of the prcgram and therefore weaken it.
"Nobody can buy their way to sobriety, she said.
Two clinics designed to help students lose weight and
stop smoking hare been started again this year at UhK
versity !!ealth Center (UIIQ.
The clinics originated last autumn in response to stu
dent requests for help with weight loss and smoking
problems, according to Dr. Garland Pare, UKC physician.
This semester's weight loss clinic began Sept. 23 and
will run for ten weeks, he said. A 20person limit was
set for this dime, he said, adding that there is a waiting
list for next semester's clinic.
An organizational meeting for the smoking preven
tion clinic is scheduled for Friday at 1 1 :30 ajn. at U!i,
Bare said. That clinic also has 20tudent limit, he said,
but another may be formed if enough students are inter
ested. Dare said both clinics are structured so students can
help leach other with their problems. However, he said,
each clinic operates differently.
The weighMoss clinic meetings begin with a weigh-in,
followed by speakers discussing psychological, medicai
and dietary aspects of losing weight.
Participants are given preliminary checkups to deter
mine how much weight they should lose, he said, and
are also checked for thyroid conditions or diabetes.
Bare said participants are given specific individual diets
to follow. . . ' - ".
The ultimate weight-loss clinic goal is to help students
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turn to Ulic for perkdic checkups, he adicd.
Ths smoking prewntkm clinic will meet once a day for
one week, Eare saii. Previously, it met once a week for
six weeks. Care saii he hopes the new concentrated for
mat will be more encourages" to participants.
Eare saii. a three point program" of information,
cooperation, and motivation will be followed to help
students "kick the habit.".
Participants will be provided with information about
the dangers of smoking, he saii, and students cooperate
and encourage each other to stop smoking.
In addition, he said a psychological proGe wI be done
on each participant so they can understand why they
smoke and be motivated to quit, he said.
Eare said participants also undergo heart and blood
The clinic is designed for chronic, rather than occasion
al smokers, Eare saii, adding that occasional smokers "can
handle the problem themselves."
Eare said most students don't stop smoking entirely
during the clinic, but that they are "provided with the
ammunition to convince them they should."
Smoking clinic participants also are encouraged to re
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