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Cocaine and Domestic Abuse

Updated: Apr 30


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Cocaine is the third most abused drug in the world after Alcohol and Cannabis.

UK Police Data August 2023

Pilots in 7 police forces in the United Kingdom found 59% of Domestic Abuse offenders tested positive for Cocaine, in one force 85% (127/150) tested positive.


The Cocaine Hooligan


While some individuals experience an enhanced sense of confidence, others, especially those with less ability to control their emotions, can become emotionally unstable and even physically aggressive under the influence of cocaine.


The drug's impact on neurotransmitters and brain chemistry can lead to intense mood swings, irritability, and heightened aggression. This phenomenon has been observed in various settings, including among football hooligans who may use cocaine to psych themselves up before confrontations or fights.


Not the War on Cocaine


Historically, there have been instances where cocaine was administered to soldiers prior to battle to enhance their aggressiveness and combat readiness. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some armies prescribed cocaine to soldiers as a stimulant to boost morale and energy levels. However, these practices often had detrimental consequences, including addiction and severe physical and psychological side effects.


Cocaine and the Blues


A lesser-known aspect of cocaine's impact on the body is its interaction with cerebral fluid in the brain.


Cerebral fluid, also known as cerebrospinal fluid, plays a vital role in cushioning and protecting the brain. Cocaine disrupts the balance of this fluid, leading to a cascade of effects.


The drug's stimulant properties cause the brain to produce and release excessive amounts of cerebral fluid, leading to temporary feelings of heightened alertness and energy.


However, this process comes at a cost. The human body has a finite capacity to produce cerebral fluid each day, and repeated cocaine use can deplete this vital fluid reservoir. As a result, regular users may experience a decrease in cerebral fluid levels, leading to a range of adverse effects, including fatigue, depression, and cognitive impairments.


This phenomenon has been colloquially referred to as "midweek blues," as users often experience a drop in mood and cognitive function after a weekend of cocaine use.



Conclusion


Apart from the obvious theory that someone involved in an illegal activity of taking a class-one drug like Cocaine is already abusing the law in one way and therefore may abuse other laws, Cocaine's actual effects on confidence, emotions, and brain chemistry are complex and multifaceted.


The negative consequences of cocaine use are far-reaching. Emotional instability, physical aggression, and the depletion of cerebral fluid underscore the risks associated with regular use of cocaine, not just to oneself but to their family members in terms of physical or mental abuse and the stimulant element may also contribute to sexual abuse.

As society continues to grapple with the challenges posed by this powerful stimulant, it is essential to prioritize the safety and mental well being of the victims of domestic abuse first and once this is done , to then focus on education, prevention, and support for individuals struggling with addiction and its repercussions.


Domestic abuse Helplines

Remember , you're not alone and there are many organisations and people who will help you and your child/children stay safe.


Here are some resources for anyone who may know someone or be personally experiencing Domestic Abuse : USA: https://www.thehotline.org/





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