Drs. Exclusive: Lamar Odom's First Post-Rehab Interview – Road to Recovery

Playing Lamar Odom’s Battle with Addiction

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Lamar Odom sits down with The Doctors in an exclusive interview, his first since leaving a 30-day in-patient program at Casa Palmera in Del Mar, CA.

Before entering treatment, the basketball star opened up to ER physician Dr. Travis Stork in an exclusive interview about all the headline-making events that led up to him finally get help.

On his 2015 overdose & waking up in the hospital: “It’s crazy because that night I didn’t do any coke or anything like that. So, I was kind of confused how I got like that. 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. So, I was scared… I wasn’t in a good place mentally before that incident happened. Me and my wife at the time were going through some things and I was in a dark place."

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On misconceptions about who he is: “I think the perception on who I really am is wrong. I feel like I’m loyal and trustworthy. I was raised to care.”

On whether life in the spotlight played a role in his problems: “100 percent. I just think it was a mixture of all that stuff. Ever since my son died, ever since my mother died. I never talked about anything.”

On reports & rumors of subsequent relapses: “False. But, I’m here so that doesn’t happen again. You know when you can kind of see something coming? That urge or that itch to go down that road.”

On what’s most important to him: “It’s not my job or my duty to get people to believe me, especially the people I don’t even know. I would like them to, but it’s not the number 1 most important thing in my life… The trust [of] my friends and my kids [is most important], to earn their trust again.”

Watch: Out of Rehab Lamar Odom Opens Up

Dr. Stork admits that he was not entirely sure if Lamar was being honest about his alleged relapses, but says at that point it did not matter as he agreed to enter a 30-day rehab program at Casa Palmera that The Doctors arranged for him.

For more on Lamar’s life in rehab, click here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction call the confidential and free National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.