Lambert wrote this song with Bonnie McKee, and with the track's producers, Josh Abraham and Oliver Goldstein. In a Songfacts interview with McKee
, she said: "'Chokehold' is fun. It's kind of an S&M-tinged song about being addicted to someone and being in a sort of masochistic situation. It's funny because that's a theme that still rings true to me, and on the new album I'm working on, one of the main themes is masochism and exploring why that is a thing for me - why I like the pain, why I like to put myself into stupid situations and keep coming back for more of that. Yeah, that's kind of an ongoing theme for me."