Ex-NBA Star Lamar Odom Beat Addiction With Psychedelics

Celebrities, both in Hollywood and the sports world alike, often experience patterns of addiction. Yet how often do you actually hear about these experiences? They wake up each day in a game of Truth-or-Dare with the tabloids (“Actors: They’re Just Like Us!”). The fact is, it can take decades to build a career, and only seconds — with just the right scandal — to bring it all crashing down. So why risk airing your dirty laundry in public?

After a very public overdose which nearly killed him in 2015, former NBA player Lamar Odom is changing the narrative. He is now on track to recovery from substance abuse and addiction… something that is very hard to achieve. How the heck did the sports superstar do it? What miracle cure broke the destructive patterns? Was it rehab? Or Big Pharma anti-depressants? Read on, coz the answer is a psychedelic slam dunk!

Lamar Odom Reborn

The new documentary film “Lamar Odom Reborn” tells the gut-wrenching story of Odom’s battle with addiction, and how he managed to face his demons. Fans of the reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” may already know his struggle. The ex-NBA star grew up without a mother. His father had trouble with cocaine addiction. 

As an adult, Lamar also had to grapple with the loss of his own son, Jaden, who died at only 6 months old. Lamar shied away from psychiatric help due to the stigma — doubled by being a sports hero and the stereotypical ideas of what a ‘man should be’. He also tried to self-medicate for years. No other viable solution has worked thus far to heal his trauma… Up until now. 

Poster for the documentary, “Lamar Odom Reborn”. (Photo courtesy: PR Newswire)

In a press release, Odom shared his hopes for the documentary:

“Admitting you are depressed or asking for help is a challenge for anyone. My hope is that sharing my journey in Reborn will open a dialogue for millions of people. 

The film goes into the nitty-gritty of Odom trying psychedelic options to heal his trauma, depression, and addiction (as supervised by a medical guide). Treatments such as ibogaine, a psychoactive substance first used by the Pygmies of South Africa; and ketamine, which first got its start as an anaesthetic in the 1960’s. 

“The alternative medicines I explore in the film changed my life, giving me the power and strength to make better choices, repair relationships, and break unhealthy patterns.

“Just months after my first ketamine and ibogaine treatments, I felt physically well enough to play professional basketball again.”

You can watch the official trailer for Reborn right here:  

Reversing Damage

From L-R: The Iboga plant, which produces ibogaine; and Ketamine. (Photo courtesy: The Canyon; Cratus Medical) 

A recent Yale study has shown that ketamine, in small doses, can erase the symptoms of depression in “stubborn” patients — almost instantly. 

Zappy Zapolin, director of Reborn, dubs himself the “psychedelic concierge to the stars”. He also praises ketamine as a miracle:

“While ibogaine is legal in other countries, it is not available in the United States yet. Ketamine, however, is an FDA-approved anesthetic that has been hailed as a miracle for treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and more.

“Research at Yale School of Medicine has shown that a single dose of ketamine can rapidly reverse stress-induced damage to brain cell connections.”

The Ketamine Fund

(Photo courtesy: The Ketamine Fund website)

Warren Gumpel, Producer of Reborn, is not just producing the film for the money. Together with Zapolin, Gumpel has been a staunch advocate for ketamine as medicine for years now (and counting):

“Zappy and I have been touting the benefits of medical ketamine therapy for several years now. 

“As co-founders of the non-profit The Ketamine Fund, we have been able to donate over 500 free, medically-supervised ketamine treatments to veterans suffering from PTSD, substantially reducing their depression and suicidal ideation.” 

Silent Epidemic

An excerpt from The Ketamine Fund’s open letter says that America is in the midst of a “silent epidemic”:

“Our goal is to reach every single returning veteran who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and ideations. The impact of reducing the 20 suicides PER DAY on families of veterans, children of veterans, and friends and co-workers of veterans, will save millions of Americans from suffering the [same]…

“This is a national crisis. The solution exists. We owe it to our service members and to our country to provide the most current, effective treatments to those who are most in need.”

Keeping Up With Lamar

On May 20, which also happens to be “Mental Health Action Day”, Lamar posted a rare photo on Instagram of him while meditating. 

“Today is #MentalHealthAction Day and the launch of my new documentary, Lamar Odom Reborn,” reads his caption. 

“In 2015, I had 12 strokes, 6 heart attacks, liver failure, and kidney damage. My doctors told my loved ones to say a final goodbye. When I woke up from the coma, I couldn’t walk or talk. By the time I left the hospital, I was called a “walking miracle.” 

“Every day since then, I’ve been asking why God saved me. I believe at least part of that reason is so that I can help others who are struggling with their mental health.”

In a moving scene from Reborn, Lamar Odom breaks down during psychedelic-assisted therapy. (Photo courtesy: All Def YouTube)

Lamar then says that Reborn is a rare peek behind the scenes of him working with ketamine and ibogaine. Here, he proves that psychedelics are not only here for a “good time”. Trippy compounds such as magic mushrooms and truffles — when taken with therapy — can help you get sober and make healthy choices to be your best self. Why not give it a try?

“I’m here, I’m sober, and I’m present because of these treatments so I hope my journey will inspire others out there, who are struggling, to do the same.”

It’s OK to Seek Help

With Reborn, Lamar Odom hopes to inspire others who have been struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD. (Photo courtesy: Lamar Odom’s Instagram)

Psychedelics, such as magic mushrooms and truffles, are more popular for their trippy qualities (and for good reason!). But they possess even more potent health benefits — ones that could change the future of medicine forever. Take ibogaine, for instance, which helps erase addictive tendencies. Or ketamine, which helps build new brain cells for those suffering from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. 

Why is it so important to have public figures such as ex-NBA stars to come forward? For so long, issues with mental health are tinged with stigma — and alternative treatments even more so. Documentaries like Reborn are a step forward to removing the shame around seeking help. As for the future? Lamar Odom said it best:

“I hope that this documentary will help people see that it’s OK to seek help and there are real solutions available that are worth exploring.”

*You can watch Lamar Odom Reborn for free on All Def’s YouTube channel. Check it out now! 😊

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