Lamar Odom Reportedly Enters Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 12/15/16

The upcoming finalization of Odom's divorce allegedly played a role in his decision to enter treatment. 

Lamar Odom

A year after his nearly fatal overdose, Lamar Odom is taking a proactive approach to his recovery.

The former NBA star and ex-husband to Khloe Kardashian has reportedly checked himself into an inpatient treatment facility. A source told People magazine that Odom entered treatment last week and plans to stay for 30 days, but was "not abusing drugs when he went in. He is clean. This is a precautionary measure.”

Odom’s prolonged divorce proceedings to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star will be finalized on Saturday (Dec. 17). The insider said his marriage coming to a close made it even more important for him to seek treatment and avoid the potential for a relapse.

“He wants to stay clear and focused ... [With] the holidays coming up, he doesn’t want to slip up. He’s trying to take care of himself. He really wants to be better,” said the source. “His friends and family encouraged him to go in and he agreed and made the decision.”

Odom was placed in a medically-induced coma in October 2015 after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel due to a reported drug overdose. Two women at the brothel found him unresponsive in his room and “foaming at the mouth” when they turned him over.

Dennis Hof, owner of the Love Ranch brothel in the rural town of Crystal, said Odom was only observed drinking cognac and taking herbal Viagra, but a Nye County sheriff later reported that the basketball player had also consumed cocaine during his stay. Anonymous sources told TMZ that Odom had track marks on his arm and had consumed crack cocaine.

It didn’t help that his substance abuse and the effects of it became a primary topic in the Kardashian reality empire. Khloe discussed it in April on an episode of her short-lived show Kocktails with Khloe, and expressed concern in August on an episode of KUWTK that her then-husband would die from an overdose.

Odom was pictured buying alcohol at bars in New York City over the summer, but friends say he has kept a low profile since returning to Los Angeles. Now that he’s away from "negative influences" surrounding him on the East Coast, those around him are hopeful he can grasp sobriety for good this time.

“Everyone who knows and loves him just wants him to get back to his old self, but that will still take some time,” said the insider. “He’s been through a lot and he’s still working on himself.” 

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.