Gnarls Barkley’s Lyrics Have an Influence on Recovery
By: Lakeview Health
Published: May 16, 2012

Jamar Rogers, contestant on the Voice, continues to soar through the competition being a fan favorite. The audience learns more and more information about Rogers as more episodes air. He is coached by Cee-Lo Green, one-half member of the group Gnarls Barkley, who Rogers’s reports were influential in his new outlook on life. During last week’s episode, Rogers thanks Green for writing the lyric, “It’s even dark in the daytime,” from the Gnarls Barkley song, “Just a Thought”. Rogers tells Green that he was able to really connect to that lyric. Rogers is in recovery from a crystal meth addiction and has just celebrated his 30th birthday, a number he thought he’d never live to see. The emotional connection to Green’s lyric and the vast opportunity that he has now is all because of his ability to find recovery. Exploring the song further, the lyrics depict the inner thoughts of someone who suffers from depression. It is difficult to manage a mood disorder and when it is coupled with addiction, it can seem like an uphill battle. Rogers is an inspiration to others about not giving up, even when it’s dark in the daytime. Dual diagnosis is common in those who suffer from chemical dependency. It is hard to say which came first, addiction or the mood disorder, but it is safe to say that the relationship is a volatile one. In order to stabilize both mood and addiction, addicts should attend treatment centers with a track for dual diagnosis.