As Lamar’s life seems to spiral out of control, HollywoodLife.com has reached out to leading Hollywood addiction specialists, who say the athlete needs professional help and rehab as soon as possible. Read on for all of the EXCLUSIVE details.
Lamar Odom has been keeping a low profile ever since his alleged drug addiction was revealed. His wife, Khloe Kardashian, is doing everything they can to help him, including asking his former teammates to stage an intervention for him. But addiction expert Steven Ornstein says the NBA star’s life is in real danger and Khloe can’t save him on her own.
Lamar Odom’s Addiction — He Needs Professional Help For Drug Problem
Lamar was allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance when some of his old teammates tried to have an intervention for him on Aug. 26, according to a shocking new report from Radar Online. Apparently Lamar seemed receptive to his teammates’ help at first, but then he “abruptly bolted from the hotel.” If this report is true, it sounds like Lamar isn’t ready to face the reality of his addiction.
“If Lamar is still in denial about his drug problem, his life is in absolute danger,” Steven, co-founder of Neurodevelopmental Learning Institute in Playa del Rey, Calif., tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He’s at a high risk for overdosing. He needs professional help, and he needs to get himself into a treatment center.”
An insider tells Radar that Lamar has reportedly been abusing Oxycotin, not crack cocaine, as some other reports suggest.
“If Lamar is addicted to Oxycotin, he needs professional help to detox,” Steven explains. “If he is physically addicted to Oxycotin, he cannot stop on his own, he would go into withdrawal and the pain would be too excruciating to handle on his own.”
“Oxycotin is stronger than heroin. Oxycotin is worse than crack cocaine,” Steven adds. “Now that his secret has been exposed, where is Lamar going to get his Oxycotin from? What doctor is going to continue to prescribe this to him? He’s very vulnerable at this point.”
This is so scary! It sounds like Lamar could be in real danger if he doesn’t seek treatment. We hope he comes to his senses soon.
Is Lamar Odom Addicted To Oxycotin?
As for how Lamar could have picked up this dangerous habit, Steven says, “Athletes get injured all of the time. Lamar may have been treated with Oxycotin when he was hurt and it spiraled out of control into an addiction.”
“Regardless of Lamar’s drug of choice, if he doesn’t get professional help and get into detox and rehab, he only has three things to look forward to in his life: jail, institutions, death,” Steven adds.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that! Between Khloe, his family and his former teammates, Lamar has such a strong support system, so hopefully they will be able to persuade him to get the help he needs.
Can Lamar Odom’s Love For Khloe Kardashian Save Him?
Despite everything they’ve been through lately, Khloe still loves Lamar and she will stand by his side until the end. But is that enough to save him?
“Lamar needs to get clean for himself, not for someone else,” Steven says. “If he is getting clean for someone else, it will never work. He is sick. No matter how much he loves Khloe, that love is not enough to get him better.”
We told you Khloe reportedly tried to get Lamar to go to rehab, but sadly, she was unsuccessful. The basketball star only stayed for three weeks, and then left.
“It’s not a question if his love for Khloe will make him stop using,” addiction expert Erin Kayem, co-founder of Neurodevelopmental Learning Institute in Playa del Rey, Calif.,tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He has already demonstrated that his love for drugs has overshadowed his love for Khloe, not to mention his career as a basketball player.”
It’s not surprising that Lamar’s life seems to be falling apart in every way. Erin believes there could be a connection between Lamar’s alleged drug use and the rumors that he has been cheating on Khloe.
“When you are under the influence, there are no filters,” she says. “The drugs numb out the filters and stunts the process of making good decisions. Right now his brain is wrapped around drugs.”
Right now, we still can’t wrap our brains around this shocking turn of events! Lamar and Khloe have always seemed so happy and in love. Was it all an act?
“Both Lamar and Khloe have been keeping a secret by making it seem like they were so happy and problem-free on their reality show,” Erin says. “But the question is, what were they like off camera?”
Erin adds that Lamar could have been using drugs with people close to him — even family members.
“This is a family secret and a family disease. We don’t know who else is involved with this as well.”
What’s The Likelihood Of Lamar Getting Clean?
Now that Lamar’s alleged secret is out in the open, he will likely be forced to confront his issues — and that could be the very thing that saves him.
“If Lamar is willing to get the help he needs, it is very likely that he could get clean,” Steven says. “In order for him to start the healing process, he first needs to get honest with himself. Everyone around him needs to get honest. No more secrets, no more enabling.”
If the reports of Lamar’s drug abuse are true, he may have already hit rock bottom — and there’s no where to go from there but up.
We hope Lamar will get the help he needs and we continue to send our thoughts and prayers to Lamar and Khloe during this difficult time.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will Lamar be able to heal? Let us know!
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— Reporting by Sandra Clark
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