In a rare interview with Us Weekly, former NBA player Lamar Odom discussed his journey through addiction and recovery. The former basketball star, acclaimed for winning multiple NBA championships, became even more well known after appearing on multiple seasons of Keeping Up with the Kardashians with his wife, Khloe Kardashian and her family.
Unfortunately, that fame would come to haunt him later, after his 2015 stay at the Love Ranch, a popular Las Vegas area brothel, ended in an alcohol and drug overdose and a trip to a Nevada hospital. After that, Odom survived an incredible 12 strokes and 2 heart attacks before regaining his health and entering a drug treatment program.
Despite experiencing serious health problems that were likely the result of his drug abuse, Lamar Odom’s decision to enter rehab wasn’t self-inspired. Instead, Odom’s choice was spurred on by his daughter, who he says threatened to stop talking to him unless he entered a drug treatment program.
Odom says that he believes rehab was “important and life changing” and helped him in a variety of ways. Most importantly, perhaps, the former athlete says that he “learned about addiction and that it’s a brain disease,” a revelation that Odom says helped him better understand his condition and make better life choices. In addition, he believes that his 30-day stint in a addiction recovery program may have been a good educational experience for his children, helping him open up to them about the nature of his problems, and allowing them to understand that those problems may be partly genetic. Of his children seeing him in rehab, Lamar said, “it was good for them to know it is a disease and one I may pass back to them.”
Odom says that, right now, he’s completely clean and sober. Of sobriety, he says, “Living sober… is a great feeling.” and adds that “Being in the moment is important.” Odom says he doesn’t wish he could be back with his ex-wife, Khloé Kardashian, as he wouldn’t want to cause her any more pain. However, he does have one regret regarding the Keeping Up with the Kardashians co-star; not having children with her, something which he believes may have been the result of male infertility caused by his heavy drug use.
Lamar Odom’s story shows us that addiction does not discriminate, and whether you’re young or old, poor or rich, famous or unknown, addiction can have serious consequences for you, your family, and your future.
Odom’s story also goes to show that addiction doesn’t simply hurt the addict, it affects the ones who love them even more. In Odom’s case, both his former wife Khloé and his daughter suffered greatly knowing that his addiction nearly lead to death or permanent disability. However, just like millions of other Americans each year, he successfully became sober through willpower, focus, and determination.
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