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More Trouble for Lamar: Former Basketball Star Refusing Rehab, Calls Dealer

  • More Trouble for Lamar: Former Basketball Star Refusing Rehab, Calls Dealer

    More Trouble for Lamar: Former Basketball Star Refusing Rehab, Calls Dealer

    Like much of America, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to learn about the fate of Lamar Odom following his overdose in a Nevada brothel in early October. Though I have never followed basketball or Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I breathed the same sigh of relief when it was announced he would survive his brush with death, albeit after several months of physical therapy.

    I earnestly hoped that this terrifying incident would be enough to help Lamar finally admit himself to a rehabilitation facility and the get help he so desperately needs. Lamar could be the newest member of the subsect of celebrities to give up their vices and turn their lives around, perhaps even inspiring others to join him in recovery or dissuading children and teens from the temptation of experimentation.

    It seems my hopes for his future may not come to fruition.

    According to RadarOnline, not only is Odom refusing to admit his substance abuse problem and get into a rehab program after he leaves the hospital, he is accused of calling his former roommate and drug dealer to his hospital room. Lamar has also apparently begged his doctors for powerful pain medication, which is likely due to withdrawal symptoms.

    Khloe Kardashian, estranged wife of Lamar, was so infuriated by his supplier showing up to the hospital that she left for three days- with his cell phone. His actions also reportedly cemented the end of their relationship, even though Khloe halted their divorce process due to Lamar’s current condition.

    Kardashian has been under fire from both Odom’s personal circle and his fans because she left his side and also because she conducted an interview from his hospital room. Though the reality TV star has clarified that the interview was concerning her upcoming book and she was obligated to it, fans were still critical of her choices. Meanwhile, Odom’s continued denial and refusal for treatment are definite factors in her distancing herself.

    If we are honest, Khloe has been incredibly patient and caring in this entire situation. She and Lamar were in the process of divorcing due, at least in part, to his substance abuse. Then he reportedly overdosed due to an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and she immediately flew to his side as a health care proxy and offering her support.

    Jokes circulating that the Kardashians somehow pushed Lamar into drug use are not only hurtful, they’re enabling- by diverting blame to his relationship to the reality TV family, we are allowing this problem to go unchecked. Reports that Odom is continuing to attempt to manipulate Khloe back into a relationship with him are equally concerning. He is in desperate need of support and help, but that doesn’t mean Khloe is obligated to remain romantically tied to him. Their relationship is toxic- but more so to her than him.

    Semantics aside, Lamar Odom is expected to spend at least another month in the hospital recovering from the effects of his overdose, a process which is much more arduous and slow-going than people tend to realize. Though I hope there is no lasting damage to his kidneys or liver, it is entirely possible; so is the possibility of other lasting effects. I hope that the extra month under medical care will give Lamar time to reconsider his choice to forego treatment and he’ll get the help he needs to overcome his demons.

    Image: “Lamar Odom playing with the Los Angeles Lakers” by Keith Allison. Licensed under CC by 2.0.

    Do you think Lamar will end up going into rehab? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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