Lamar Odom who disclosed that he is a sex addict in his new book “Darkness to Light: A Memoir,” also revealed that he has slept with over 2000 women.
The book further revealed that the basketball star, was raised in a poor household with a heroin-addict father. At an early age, he lost his beloved mother to colon cancer, and when he began making a name for himself as a basketball star, he fell into a deep hole of drug abuse. However at 18, he started a family with his first love, Liza, but soon realized he couldn’t maintain a stable, faithful relationship because of one dark habit he had not yet discovered: his addiction to sex.
“I have been obsessed with sex for as long as I can remember. I am a sex addict — I’ve had sex with more than two thousand women. “There were too many strippers to count. It wasn’t a big deal, but often I would pay them. I never thought less of them,” he adds.
In the book excerpt exclusively obtained by People, he revealed that in 2005, he had his third child, a son, with Liza, but when he died, everything started to go downhill. Odom says their on-again-off-again relationship suffered for many reasons, his infidelity included
“My sex addiction and my cocaine addiction go hand in hand. The first time I tried cocaine was in 2004. The rush was like nothing I’d felt before. I was a drug addict plain and simple. The first time I overdosed, I came within minutes of dying,” he writes.
Recall that in 2015, in the midst of his divorce from Khloe Kardashian, he overdosed on drugs at a Las Vegas brothel and had to be rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He was in a coma for two days, and barely made it out alive.
“I didn’t know if I would play again,” writes the athlete. “I didn’t even know if I would walk or talk again.”
“I met Khloe Kardashian in 2009. Her eyes reminded me of my mother’s,” he writes. “For a while, being with her was bliss and I was the happiest I’ve ever been.” “At the start of our marriage I was faithful to her,” Odom writes. “But my cocaine use spiked in the summer of 2011.”
That year, he “rarely touched a basketball. I could not handle the lethal cocktail of the spotlight, addiction, a diminishing career and infidelity. Oh, did I mention the paranoia, anxiety, depression.”
Odom says he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he couldn’t control his addictions.
“I couldn’t keep my d**k in my pants or the coke out of my nose,” he writes. “Drug addicts are incredibly skilled at hiding their habit. I’d get defensive and Khloe would just drop it. I was giving up on my NBA career — the only thing that ever gave me solace,” he writes, adding that he didn’t get called by the league, and as his former teammates trained, he destroyed his mind and body.
Recalling his overdose at Love Ranch, Odom says he doesn’t know how he survived, but he’s determined to never return to that terrifying place again.
“On Tuesday morning, I lay on the floor in my room at the Ranch, dying. My body was convulsing. The women who kept me company screamed and called 911,” he writes. “I was taken to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. There was an unholy concoction of cocaine, cognac, and cannabis coursing through my veins. My heart stopped twice. I had twelve seizures and six strokes. My lungs collapsed and my kidneys ruptured. I was on life support.”
“Everyone I’d ever loved was looking at me through bleary eyes. Khloe never left my side. She didn’t shower for days. Kim’s resiliency was incredible too. They put chairs together for her to sleep across at night,” Odom writes. “On October 16, I opened my eyes for the first time in 48 hours. From the darkness to the light.”
Odom admits he’s “still an addict,” but is working to improve his life.