Family and Friends
"I brought a person to La Verna Lodge that was in my family. Today, that person is gone and I have my son back."
As a family member or friend of someone who struggles with the disease of addiction, you are often the first person affected. You are not alone. At La Verna Lodge, we believe that family involvement is a key component for long term recovery. We work closely with friends and family members so they can heal and learn about their role in the recovery process.
If you are concerned about a loved one, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of addiction. The list below offers some physical and behavioral signs of drug and alcohol addiction. Please understand that there are many components in identifying addiction. We can help answer your questions.
Medical and Physical Signs
- Observable decline in physical health
- Observable signs of declining personal hygiene
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Pupils larger or smaller than usual; face flushed or bloated
- Signs of weight change
- Tremors or shakes of hands, feet or head
- Emergency room visits for drug or alcohol overdose or unexplained injuries
- Inability to focus and track in a conversation
- Slurred speech; unsteady gait
Addiction symptoms observed by Friends and Community
- Excessive drug prescriptions for self and/or family
- Frequent emotional crisis
- Activities involving drinking alcohol are a priority
- Arguments/violent outbursts
- Withdrawal from relationships, family or friends
- Neglect of children
- Abnormal, illegal and anti-social actions of children
- Separation or divorce
- Unexplained absences from home
- Legal problems
- Neglect of social commitments
- Unpredictable behavior such as inappropriate spending
We understand that as a family member you can feel helpless and hopeless. At La Verna Lodge you will learn about the disease of addiction and feel comforted knowing your loved one is safe and you are receiving the education and support you need. We are here to help the individual and the family.
Sometimes the support from others is just what you need. Our addiction treatment services and family programs will introduce you to a community of families that are experiencing similar situations. In addition to group meetings, you will be able to work with the family counselor individually and with your loved one.