Lamar Odom has revealed what has helped him during his recovery from drug addiction.

Odom claims he has used ketamine to help him through his recovery, noting that he has been using the medication in small doses and under supervision during the past two years.

“Ketamine came into my life at the right time,” said Odom during an ABC News interview with Steve Osunsami. “I’m alive. I’m sober. I’m happy.”

Medical News Today explains that ketamine is a drug that provides sedation and can help relieve pain. However, it is also used recreationally because of its “hallucinogenic, tranquilizing and dissociative effects.” If medically supervised, ketamine is safe to use.


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Odom says that using ketamine gives him a “healthy high” and has taken away his urges to use drugs such as cocaine.

“I don’t wake up looking to do lines … or waking up in a dark place or feeling unfulfilled,” he said. When Kobe Bryant died, Odom said that in the past, he would have turned to drugs to help with the pain, but “doing drugs didn’t even enter [his] mind.”

“I’m actually happy to share with people to inspire them,” said Odom. “I get the same kind of feeling when people come to me and say, ‘Lamar you are an incredible basketball player.’ It’s the same feeling when people come up to me about adversities I’ve gone through, such as drugs. I’ve overcome many battles and they can relate to it and it inspires them. So, I feel good about sharing my life and moments I might not have been so proud of at the time.”

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