Lamar Odom‘s personal saga continues. The former NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers has been battling substance abuse issues for many years and nearly died in the fall of 2015 when he overdosed in a Las-Vegas-area brothel. Odom was comatose for a time following the incident, and there were fears he’d suffered significant, long-term brain damage.
But Odom was back to his old ways as recently as this summer when he was reportedly removed from a Delta Airlines flight for being intoxicated. Yet another failed family intervention followed suite. Now, however, it appears Odom is once again trying to get his life back on track. According to Melanie Bromley and Mike Vulpo of E! News, Odom recently checked himself into a San Diego rehab facility just days after his divorce from Khloe Kardashian was finalized:
“It was his own decision. He wanted to work on his mental and physical health for the next chapter of his life,” a source shared with E! News. “He has not fallen off the wagon, but he understands the importance of maintaining his sobriety.”
Let’s hope for Odom and his family’s sake that rehab does some good this time around. The insidiousness of addiction and all of its complex psychological components is something doctors, researchers, and therapists are just now beginning to understand, and effective new treatments and approaches are still probably a long way down the road.