As a new report details the drug addiction that’s threatening to destroy Lamar and Khloe Kardashian’s marriage, a source close to the family tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY what pushed the NBA star to substance abuse.
Lamar Odom is reportedly going through the toughest battle of his life right now. Khloe Kardashian is dedicated to helping her husband get clean, but a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that they will be fighting to overcome immense pressure from Lamar’s professional life — and maybe even genetics.
Lamar Odom’s Drug Addiction Revealed
Lamar is battling an addiction to crack cocaine, according to TMZ. The 33-year-old reportedly started abusing the drug two years ago before checking into a rehab facility in Aug. 2012.
After the stint Lamar was able to stay clean through the NBA season, but once it ended he fell back to his old ways and began using again.
Khloe and her family have since reportedly tried to get Lamar to go back to rehab, but he has been resistent.
Lamar Odom: What Led To His Drug Use
Lamar’s drug addiction is obviously shocking, but a source explains to HollywoodLife.com exclusively what drove him to it — a mix of professional stress, mortality, and early exposure. “He’s got a lot of pressure on him,” the source says, “to lose weight and get in shape so his mobility can improve on the court.”
It’s no secret in the NBA world that Lamar’s career is winding down — he’s not the player he once was. But the source suggests that he’s not ready to retire, and the pressure to maintain a high level of performance has been more overwhelming than ever. “He’s almost out of a job, he’s just trying to keep his head above water,” the source says.
But it’s not just that — the source also adds that drug addiction runs in Lamar’s family. “It’s in his blood,” says the source. “He’s seen people turn to drugs when things weren’t going so well in their lives, so he did what was familiar.”
Lamar has inherited a horrible disease — which is what drug addiction is.
But at the very least Lamar now has a positive support system, in Khloe and the rest of her family, who love him and will stand by him as he fights through this.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro, Reporting by Eric Ray