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Ninety-five years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCV, No. 12-S
Wednesday, June 5, 1985
Alpha House opens for adolescent addicts
By NADINE LAVAGNINO
David finally learned to cry.
The 14-year-old always had trouble talking about his anger,
his frustrations, and his time spent in juvenile detention. He
could not face responsibility or admit that he had a problem:
David is chemically dependent on acid and alcohol, but now
he has taken the most important step in his life.
DAVID is one of nine male teenagers in a new program for
chemically dependent adolescents at the Ann Arbor Alpha
House. As the only program in the state for such teens, the
Alpha House offers a new beginning toward a chemically-free
The house provides counseling and support, plus a two-year
aftercare program for alcoholics and drug addicts. A long
Senate turns dow
defense budget ci
'It was a big step, my admitting
I was dependent. I didn't accept
it until now.'
Alpha House resident
term extensive facility is necessary because "a short-term
program is not enough," according to Neil Carolan, director of
the Catherine McAuley Chemical Dependency Services in
The Alpha House program was founded with the philosophy
that chemical dependency is a disease that can be treated by
responsible action on the individual's part.
THE HOUSE sits off the road in a wooded area on the south-
west part of Ann Arbor, next to Mercywood Hospital. Both
facilities are part of the Catherine McAuley Health Center.
The 16-bed facility, open to males and females betweenthe
ages of 13 and 17, is designed for complete recovery.
A unique service at the Alpha House is its school curriculum
usually not available ina short-term dependency program.
Individuals admitted to the home for six months are usually
cross addicted, according to Alpha House Director Tommie
Edwards, and have suffered numerous harmful consequences
and behavioral disruptions because of their alcohol and drug
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WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Senate
rejected one Democratic effort
yesterday to sharply restrict
President Reagan's "Star Wars"
missile defense plan and moved on to
consider other attempts to slice the
research program's bankroll.
agreement" to cut the superpowers'
IT WOULD be "mindless for the
Soviets to give up" some strategic
forces while the United States worked
on technology that could render their
remaining missiles useless, Kerry
The Senate voted 78-21 against a bid maintained.
by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) to I
reduce by more than half-from $2.95 Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) arguing
1 billion to $1.4 billion-spending for thIe against Kerry, said the amendment
program in the fiscal 1986 defense "would gut the SDI program." Fur- .
authorization bill. Kerry's proposed ther, he said, it was Reagan's Star x
spending figure is the level in the Wars plan "that brought the Soviets
current fiscal year's bill. back to the table."
THE SENATE then turned to the The fiscal 1986 military spending
next in a long line of proposed "Star plan under debate contains $2.95
Wars" amendments, one offered by billion for Star Wars, down significan-
Sens. William Proxmire (D-Wis) tly . om the $3.7 billion sought by
and Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.) to pa Reagan for research and developl Photo by ASA BLOCK
tespending to $1.9 billion and focus ment of a high-technology system to
spdi t1rac or on 9bmore cen- k noc~ out nuclear weapons. ste to Flying high
tional technologies. Reagan has said such a system, The Goodyear blimp takes a trip over Ann Arbor yesterday afternoon. The blimp was coming from Bloomfield
which critics say could carry a final Hills where Oakland Hills Country Club will host the U.S. Open June 13 through 16.
Kerry, who argued his amendment pricetag of $1 trillion, could be in use
would eliminate work on projects that by the end of the century.
could undermine the 1972 U.S.-Soviet sso wa spa f r
Anti-Ballistic Missl tea, td U Before facing the Star Wars debate, OMep h SO JoS
colleagues, "This is the time we must the Senate rejected, on a tie vote, a
say 'no' to the president's dream, a bid by Sen. Edward Kennedy By KERY MURAKAMI of ideas on improving the assem- "I couldn't afford to be president
dream based on illusion." (D-Mass.) to strip from the bill Michigan Student Assembly bly, said that students who have to if my parents couldn't put me
provisions that reduced the coverage President Paul Josephson, saying work to support themselves can't through school," Josephson said,
And, said Kerry, the administration of the Davis-Bacon Act on military that many students cannot afford afford to put in the 50-to-60 hours a "and there's a lot of people I know
has yet to put the program-formally projects. The Depression-era law to serve on the University's aeik necessary ob an officer or who would be great officers or
known as the Strategic Defense requires the prevailing area wage, student government, says that he AS A result, Josephson says that chairmen, but just can't swing it
Initiative-on the bargaining table at usually a union wage, be paid on will propose a salary of about $30 a the assembly is becoming "an in- financially."
Geneva arms talks and, as long as federally financed construction week for its executive officers and stitution of the financially well- Josephson, an LSA junior, added
that is the case, "you cannot get an projects. committee chairmen. off." of thA Page w
Josephson, in the latestof a series -
Galluping Boppin' Taxing
A stroll through Ann Arbor's parks. Chance of early showers but a high of Reagan's proposal will hurt athletes.
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