Lamar Odom nearly died when he reportedly overdosed at a brothel on Oct. 13. You might think his brush with death would be enough to keep him sober for life, but an addiction expert tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that without inpatient rehab, Lamar will likely start using again.
Lamar Odom, 35, is still facing extensive testing and many more weeks in the hospital, following his reported drug overdose on Oct. 13. But what happens when he’s released? An LA based addiction expert explains why the former NBA player should head straight for rehab when he gets out of the hospital. To hear more about Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
Khloe Kardashian hasn’t left Lamar’s side since he was hospitalized. She’s doing everything she can to support him — including calling off their divorce. But according to an addiction expert, she’s going to have to work on getting Lamar into drug rehab if she wants him to truly recover. Robert Weiss, an addiction specialist with Elements Behavioral Health, tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, “given Lamar Odom’s traumatic past and extensive history of drug abuse, he needs inpatient residential care, and for his loved ones to also participate in that. Without this, he will likely end up in the same position again and again.”
When Lamar was first admitted to the hospital, it was revealed he had every drug imaginable in his system — including crack cocaine. The troubled athlete has a long history of substance abuse issues and his addiction to drugs was allegedly the reason his marriage to Khloe fell apart. Khloe has reportedly tried — and failed — to get him into rehab in the past, but hopefully this time will be different.
Khloe Called Off Romance With James Harden To Focus On Lamar
Khloe, 31, is putting all her energy into Lamar and his recovery. Not only has she agreed to call off their divorce, she’s also called time out on her romance with NBA star James Harden, 26. According to a source, the Houston Rockets star was blindsided by the news that his relationship with the bootylicious reality beauty was over. “James was fine with giving Khloe time and space to deal with Lamar, but never thought she would call off the divorce,” a source close to the couple told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “James legitimately thought that they were still an item but this obviously makes things loud and clear that he is yesterday’s news.”
James might be upset now, but hopefully he’ll get over his hurt feelings and forgive Khloe for dumping him. It’s pretty obvious Khloe is just trying to do the best thing in a very tough situation. We sure hope her devotion to Lamar pays off. We can’t imagine that he’d ever want to use drugs again after nearly losing his life.
But what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will Lamar finally agree to go to drug rehab? Let us know!
— Allison Swan