The chemicals in drugs are designed to alter or bypass normal body functions, or numb unwanted sensations and heighten pleasurable sensations. These chemicals are foreign to the human body, and can cause damage after even one use. More significant health effects can occur as a result of long-term drug use, including mood shifts, depression, anxiety, reduced immune function, coma, stroke, heart attack and even cancer.
Interventions aren’t just the fodder for dramatic (and sometimes funny) scenes in your favorite TV show or movie. They are a real-life tool used by the friends, co-workers and family members of a drug addict or alcoholic. When the people around an addict have finally had enough and want to help the addict change his or her life, an intervention can be one of the most effective ways of doing so.