(NEW YORK) — Lamar Odom, whose battle with drug dependancy led to a near-death expertise, is opening up about his use of an artificial drug that he mentioned helped him beat dependancy.
Odom, 41, mentioned being handled with small doses of ketamine beneath medical supervision for the previous two years has helped hold him sober.
“I went to rehab and did another issues, however ketamine got here into my life on the proper time,” Odom informed ABC Information’ Steve Osunsami in an interview that aired Monday on Good Morning America. “I’m feeling wonderful.”
“I’m alive. I’m sober. I’m pleased,” he mentioned.
Ketamine, a ache remedy with hallucinogenic results, in accordance with the Drug Enforcement Company (DEA), was permitted within the Nineteen Seventies as a rapid-acting anesthetic by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA).
One decade later, within the Nineteen Eighties, it grew to become a preferred membership drug.
What well being officers are actually discovering is that, in small doses, the drug could also be useful to folks combating every thing from dependancy to nervousness, post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD), suicidal emotions and different psychological well being circumstances the place the individual has not seen lasting success with different therapies.
Odom, who made his identify as a NBA star, has mentioned beforehand that he had his first encounter with medicine on the age of 12.
In 2015, he was discovered unresponsive at a Las Vegas brothel, having suffered 12 seizures, six strokes and his coronary heart stopping twice.
Now, Odom mentioned the small doses of ketamine he receives over the course of classes that final round an hour have left him with out the urge to make use of medicine reminiscent of cocaine.
“I don’t get up seeking to do strains … or waking up in a darkish place or feeling unfulfilled,” the previous Los Angeles Lakers star informed Osunsami. “When Kobe [Bryant] handed away, you realize, the previous Lamar, that’d have been each excuse on the planet for me to go get excessive, [but] doing medicine didn’t even enter my thoughts.”
The FDA has categorized using ketamine for psychological well being circumstances as an “off-label use” of the drug and has permitted a ketamine nasal spray to assist battle treatment-resistant despair.
Docs say that ketamine remedy needs to be rigorously monitored by a licensed skilled and used along with different medicines and therapies, like meditation.
Researchers are nonetheless studying about how precisely ketamine impacts the mind, however research thus far present that the remedy might presumably assist folks relieve emotional ache from previous traumas, just like the guilt Odom mentioned he nonetheless feels about being away from residence when his 6-month-old son died in 2006.
Odom’s journey utilizing ketamine for remedy is the characteristic of a brand new documentary, Lamar Odom Reborn, airing this week on YouTube, MTV Reside and different social media platforms.
Odom mentioned he hopes his story conjures up Black males particularly to pay extra care to psychological well being, along with sharing his expertise with ketamine.
“I don’t suppose I’ll cease it,” he mentioned of the drug. “I wouldn’t need to attempt to cease to be nice. If I’ve greatness inside me, I need to attempt to get it out.”
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