Lamar Odom Gets Candid About Overdose On 'The Doctors'

By Dorri Olds 12/19/16

In an exclusive interview, Odom opens up about the night of his drug overdose and his medically-induced coma.

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A few weeks before checking into inpatient treatment, former NBA star Lamar Odom sat down with Dr. Travis Stork on The Doctors for a candid interview that was prematurely leaked to the press.

A short preview of the interview was published on the The Doctors’ website on Dec. 16. The clip begins with Stork addressing a studio audience. “Earlier this week, the tabloids as well as the mainstream media began speculating about troubled NBA star Lamar Odom, saying that he’d entered rehab to address the addiction issues that nearly took his life last October.”

Stork then confirmed that Odom did go to a drug and alcohol treatment center, but right before that he had met with Stork and spoken about it on camera. The video clip shows Stork seated next to Odom. He asks the retired NBA player about the medically-induced coma that followed the drug overdose which almost took his life in 2015.

“What was your last memory before waking up in the hospital?”

On the verge of tears, Odom responds, “Being at that brothel and thinking I was going to just rest a little bit ... I wasn’t in a good place mentally, especially mentally, before the incident happened.”

Then, referring to his ex-wife and reality star, Khloe Kardashian, Odom says, “My wife at the time, we were going through some things. I was in a dark place.” Odom volunteers, “I guess they say everything happens for a reason. So, I guess the reason is I’m here and I can tell the story."

About his coma, Odom shares, "I didn’t know until Khloe had told me that I was in a coma. I couldn’t even speak at the time. I couldn’t talk. Nothing would come out when I would open my mouth. So I was scared.”

Then, Stork moves on to address another difficult issue: relapse. “There have been reports that even since what happened to you last October, that you’ve still been using substances. Is that true or false?” The camera zooms in dramatically on Odom’s face. He doesn't say anything. The silence implies that the answer is yes, he has used again.

Wrapping up the clip, the doctor talks to the audience about the show's commitment to Odom's well-being. “We’re obviously first and foremost committed to his recovery," said Stork. "We’re going to air that full interview after he completes treatment because Lamar hadn’t talked to anyone since all of this had happened.”

Referencing the clip, Stork adds, “That was from a number of weeks ago, purposely kept under wraps because obviously the number one goal was to get Lamar into recovery, into the treatment center, and get him well.”

Stork described Lamar at the time of the taping as “surprisingly clearheaded and very, very open with the demons that he’s battled.” He described him as a “human being first,” pointing out that people tend to forget that because of Odom’s celebrity status. “Whether it be on the court or as a part of his reality series … you can tell that he’s just a man trying to find his way.”

He also described Odom as an “incredibly nice person.”

The full interview will air in January after Odom completes his treatment in rehab.

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Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and several book anthologies. Find Dorri on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.