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Lamar Odom’s doctor praises ex-NBA star for opening up about ketamine treatment

Lamar Odom opened up this week about how he has used the drug ketamine to help fight addiction, and the former NBA star’s doctor was happy to see Odom share his story. During an appearance on “Good Morning America” Monday, Odom explained how he has been receiving small doses of ketamine under supervision for the… Read More

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Lamar Odom opened up this week about how he has used the drug ketamine to help fight addiction, and the former NBA star’s doctor was happy to see Odom share his story.

During an appearance on “Good Morning America” Monday, Odom explained how he has been receiving small doses of ketamine under supervision for the past two years. The 41-year-old said receiving the treatments has helped him avoid abusing drugs the way he did when he nearly died of an overdose in 2015.

“I went to rehab and did some other things, but ketamine came into my life at the right time,” Odom said. “I’m feeling amazing. I’m alive, I’m sober, I’m happy.”

Ketamine is an anesthetic that is used by both medical professionals and veterinarians. The doctor who administers it to Odom, Dr. Steven L. Mandel, explained in an interview with Page Six that the drug can help people who suffer from depression, PTSD and suicidal thoughts. Mendel, who owns Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles, is very pleased that Odom has decided to share his experience.

“To have a prominent person call people’s attention to this, it’s a thrill,” Mandel said. “It’s amazing. So I’m very grateful and thousands of people will benefit from his honesty and his candor.”

Ketamine has been abused by people in the past and is often referred to as a “club drug.” Mendel said he is hopeful Odom’s story and others like it will help end that stigma and show people the benefits of using Ketamine responsibly under the supervision of a medical professional.

Odom credited his Ketamine treatments with keeping him from relapsing when Kobe Bryant died early last year.

“I don’t wake up looking to do lines … or feeling unfulfilled,” he said. “When Kobe passed away, you know, the old Lamar, that’d have been every excuse in the world for me to go get high, (but) doing drugs didn’t even enter my mind.”

Odom has had some high-profile relationship issues recently, but all indications are he has stayed away from abusing drugs. He obviously feels his Ketamine treatments are the primary reason for that.

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