A Clean Lamar Odom Talks About Almost Dying And His Addiciton

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A Clean Lamar Odom Talks About Almost Dying And His Addiciton


Ever since Lamar Odom, who physically recovered well, had his drug related incident that almost killed him, he only made a few public appearances, rightfully so.

On October 13, 2015, Odom was hospitalized and placed into an induced coma for more than two weeks after he was found unconscious at a legal brothel in Nevada. Odom also suffered kidney failure, 12 strokes and two heart-attacks during the incident.

The former No. 4 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft last played in the league for the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2012-13 season. Odom is a 14-year veteran, one-time Sixth Man of the Year winner and two-time champion.

Odom now opened up to US Weekly, saying he “cheated death” and is a “walking miracle”.


Take Us back to the start of your marriage. Was Khloé aware of your drug use?

I was hiding it for a while, but then I got frustrated and was like, f–k it. Around two years before we split up [in 2011], I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me. She was disappointed. So was I. The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me. She knew I was doing cocaine the whole time after that. It was my drug of choice. I’m not going to say she accepted it because that would be the wrong word. Tolerated would be a better word


When did you realize you needed to enter rehab again?

My daughter gave me the ultimatum to go. She said, “Pops, you get help or I won’t talk to you.” I think she saw it in my behavior. Coke is a real psychological drug. You can be getting high and feeling great and then on the way down cursing yourself out. So I think it was one of those moments on the way down. This last time I checked into rehab, I was able to stay the whole 30 days and get the most out of it. I learned about addiction and that it’s a brain disease. The choices we make when our brain is diseased are involuntary. So it was important and life-changing. My kids were really scared that their dad wasn’t going to be here. It was good bonding time with them when they came to see me. They said, “Dad, we want you to be here.” I was honest with them. There is no reason to lie now. But it was good for them to know it is a disease and one I may pass back to them.


Are you clean now?

Of course. Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling. Being in the moment is important — how you react, respond, create. If I would have done coke last night, you would have gotten some [jerk] here trying to get out of here fast. But you’re getting Lamar now.



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