Lamar was reportedly arrested for driving under the influence — but that’s actually the best thing that could have happened to him right now, an addiction expert tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Read on to find out why.
Amid reports that Lamar Odom is battling a drug addiction, he was reportedly arrested early in the morning on Aug. 30 for a DUI. This may sound like terrible news, but addiction and intervention expert Steven Ornstein says the arrest might be just the wake-up call Lamar needs right now.
Lamar Odom’s Drunk Driving Arrest — DUI Is His Wake-Up Call
Lamar’s wife, Khloe Kardashian, has reportedly been trying desperately to get him to go to rehab, but he refused. Now that he seems to have hit rock bottom, however, maybe things will turn around for him.
“If Lamar is unwilling to go to rehab right now, the best thing that could happen to him is that he get arrested — that might wake him up,” Steven, co-founder of Neurodevelopmental Learning Institute in Playa del Rey, Calif., tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Lamar is headed down a dangerous path, and it’s very important that he seek help immediately, Steven says.
“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! Lamar has a strong support system, but while he can count on Khloe to help him through this difficult time, unfortunately she can’t save him on her own.
“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.”
Things seem really bad for Lamar, but we hope his arrest will force him to confront his problems head on.
Lamar Odom Arrested For DUI
Lamar was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in San Fernando Valley at 3:54 AM, according to TMZ. He was reportedly taken to a nearby police station, where he was booked and was being held on $15,000 bail. He was booked about an hour later into a jail in Van Nuys. He was released at 8:33 a.m., a public informations officer for the LA County Jail System tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Lamar was reportedly pulled over on the 101 Freeway for going too slow, about 50 miles per hour. He was reportedly also unresponsive to police, driving past three exits before pulling over, according to People. The professional athlete reportedly failed multiple sobriety field tests, and refused to submit himself to chemical tests, according to TMZ.
The public informations officer also tells us that Lamar’s court date is set for Sept. 27. We hope Lamar will be seeing things more clearly by then.
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— Written by Tierney McAfee, Reporting by Sandra Clark
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