July 4, 2022 – Odom has battled drug addiction and depression. Not only did it cost him his NBA career, but it also ruined his marriage to Khloé Kardashian. At one point it got so bad for Odom he was comatose in a Las Vegas hospital for three days after being found unconscious at a brothel.

In the years since Odom released a documentary, “Lamar Odom: Reborn,” detailing his experimentation with psychedelics to treat his depression and drug addiction. He’s been very open and honest about his addictions and the depths to which he sunk and what he hopes people will learn from it. For an addict like Odom, the traumatic experience of Bryant’s death could have easily triggered him to start using again. One of the realities of this neuropsychological disorder is that people who are addicts use to suppress and mask pain. The tightrope an addict walks is slim and when in recovery they must always be on guard. Odom is only 42 years old he has a lot of years left, assuming good health and maintaining his sobriety. If the ghost of a former teammate is a positive influence on his life, that’s good news for him and his family.


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