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“I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so fucking cool. A great deal of what I wrote on ‘Born To Die’ is about these wilderness years. My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, 'I’m fucked. I am totally fucked’. Like, at first it’s fine and you think you have a dark side – it’s exciting – and then you realise the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it. It’s also a completely different way of living when you know that…a different species of person. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
“It’s been nine years since my last drink,” she candidly revealed in a 2012 interview with British GQ. Despite having been so young, Del Rey said that she quickly became a daily drinker, and that she almost exclusively drank alone.
“When I write about the thing that I’ve lost I feel like I’m writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life,” she said. “Sure, there have been people, but it’s really alcohol.”
"I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else.”
“I feel like my work’s important, but I don’t always feel like I get respect for it,” she said. “When I feel like people don’t like this music and that the 10 years I spent making what I made was not for a good reason, that makes me want to drink again.”
'The album (Born To Die) is a tribute to living life on the wild side. I’m sort of kidding because I’m not that wild any more… I used to drink a lot. Too much. 'I haven’t had a drink for seven years now.’
“Homeless outreach, drug and alcohol rehabilitation – that’s been my life for the past five years.”
"I did lose my car, my family’s car. I forgot where I put it” - Lana Del Rey on the catalyst that made her stop drinking.
“Sometimes when I write about my feelings, about what sounds like a person, I’m actually writing about the way I felt when I was completely inebriated, which was really good–until it wasn’t working for me anymore,“ she says. Her parents sent her to Kent, a strict boarding school in Connecticut, and by 18, she was sober. "Thinking about not drinking forever was very scary, but once I did it wasn’t hard anymore because I had all of these miracles happen that let me know I was on exactly the right path,” she says.
Having struggled with drug and drink addictions in the past, Lana says she’s found the temptation of both a bit of a struggle in recent times. She laughs: “I’ve loosened up a lot which means before, when I was depressed I wanted drink and now I am feeling good I still want to drink.”
“But I’ve not since the day I stopped, though all the odds are stacked against me. Obsession runs rampant through my family. But I think back to when I was in high school and I’d been taking a lot of drugs. We were crushing up truck driver pills, called bumblebees. I was self-medicating and needed to stop. You can’t get through your day and work like this unless you are Keith Richards. So I stopped and I had to or none of this would’ve happened.”
“I remember when I was 15 or 16 years and my parents sent me to Kent School, a private boarding school in Connecticut so I could fight my addiction to alcohol. I had a very young teacher, Gene Campbell, who introduced me to hip hop…That kind of set things in motion for me and my music evolved over the course of the next few years especially after I moved to New York which was a very troubled time but also a very creative one as well. A lot of the music I’ve written over the last several years is a reference to the feeling I had when I was inebriated which felt good for a while until it started to not work anymore and became very destructive.”
Note: “Negative consequences” is defined as anything that would be considered non-pleasurable. Hangovers, for instance, are a negative consequence of drinking too much.
Abstinence: Not using at all. All people start off abstinent. People can also return to abstinence after a period of experimentation or using. People who unknowingly ingest substances are also considered “abstinent” if they did not willingly take said substance.
Experimentation: Becoming curious to use to see what a substance does/feels like. At this stage, substance is usually not sought after but provided either by friends or family. Negative consequences usually do not occur at this stage.
Recreational or social use: At this stage, one is seeking out a substance to experience a desired effect, however, use is irregular and has no established pattern. Negative consequences usually do not occur at this stage. (Most people would consider themselves “recreational users,” but if there is any type of pattern to your use, you usually do not fall under this category!)
Habitual use: At this stage, a definite pattern of use has evolved (daily, every other day, every weekend, etc.) and a stronger craving for the drug is developed. Negative consequences at this stage may not occur, but is more likely.
Abuse: Habitual use becomes abuse when negative consequences occur and yet use still continues. For example, if you are drinking alcohol every weekend and experience hangovers each time, you may fall under this category.
Addiction: Abuse becomes addiction when there is an apparent compulsion to use. At this point, tolerance has developed (needing to take more of the drug in order to experience the same desire effect), withdrawal symptoms are present, attempts to moderate use or stop completely are ineffective, negative consequences are occurring, the drug has become a priority, anxiety is present when the substance is not available, and the substance is often needed to function (whether emotionally, physically, or other).
Here’s what people don’t understand about addiction. It doesn’t stop when you get out of detox. Physical addiction is nowhere near as dangerous as mental addiction. Mental addiction is how I convince myself to use even though I know I don’t want to and it would hurt me and everyone around me. Because I’ve known the high once, I have to know it again. You could have no drugs in your system for a year and it will still be there like a ticking time bomb. It’s a parasite in the brain that will bring even the strongest people to their knees.