“I need you more than dope,” Lady Gaga sings in her latest song.
Gaga speaks to the loss of her best friend, her own addiction issues, and the commitment she has made to give up drugs and alcohol, in her new song entitled, Dope. Jennifer O’Neil worked for Lady Gaga, or Stefani Germanotta, as her assistant. The two were very close, but then Jennifer sued the pop star for unpaid time worked.
In the song, seemingly dedicated to Jennifer, Gaga shares personal feelings:
“I promise this drink is my last one, I know I f***ed up again, Because I lost my only friend.
Just one last puff and two last regrets, Three spirits and 12 lonely steps, I need you more than dope.”
Lady Gaga’s album, ARTPOP includes Dope and other songs that are, in Gaga’s words, her most personal and heartfelt lyrics to date.
So what has Lady Gaga been going through?
Gaga has always been open about her love for cocaine. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2010, she disclosed that there was a time period, before becoming the Lady Gaga we know her as today, where the relationship she had with cocaine was a “low point that led her to disaster.”
She was using all the time on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, former friend, Brendan Jay Sullivan reports. He says Gaga divulged to him that, “I used to do bags and bags of it [cocaine]. Mostly when I was getting ready to go out, while I was putting on my makeup. I’d get a delivery and then put on some Bowie and treat myself in the mirror. But I only ever did it alone. That was my one rule.”
Did cocaine use create the problems between Gaga and Jennifer? Is Gaga’s cocaine addiction causing other problems in her life? Most likely, because cocaine abuse progresses to addiction when not properly identified and treated.
What Cocaine Does to You
The highly addictive drug is most often snorted, but can also be smoked or injected. Users experience a euphoric and pleasurable high when cocaine reaches the brain and blocks the reabsorption of chemicals, or neurotransmitters. More specifically, cocaine stops serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, the neurotransmitters responsible for mood, reward, energy, confidence, elation, and sexual activity, from being taken back into their appropriate receptors. This means that more chemicals are floating around in the brain for longer periods of time, and the person feels the effects as happiness, increased energy, higher self-esteem, and more sex appeal.
What is also happening though is the chemicals left floating around are metabolized, and the amount of healthy neurotransmitters is depleted. The user feels depressed for hours, days, or even weeks after cocaine abuse. Natural brain activity is slowed, inappropriate dopamine levels can cause paranoia, low norepinephrine levels cause exhaustion, lethargy, low blood pressure, and an inability to feel pleasure, and depleted serotonin levels cause insomnia, agitation, and intense depression.
Regular cocaine users also become violent and overly aggressive, and can have a heart attack, a stroke, or a fatal overdose.
Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
When physical and psychological dependence on cocaine have developed, there is no way around needing treatment. An individualized treatment plan will appropriately address everything a cocaine addict has been going through.
What led to initial cocaine use, what emotions have been masked by repeated cocaine abuse, and what does this person need to recover? Has another substance been abused along with cocaine? Have the symptoms of a mental illness, like anxiety, caused self-medication with cocaine?
Treatment at Balboa Horizons will allow you, or your loved one, to answer those questions, and many more, in order to best treat your unique case of cocaine addiction.
Call 877-309-4593 now to find out more!