Lamar Odom Back To Drinking: Is He Headed Back To Rehab?

Lamar Odom has been getting back to his old habits. The former NBA player has been spotted drinking alcohol again, making his friends and family concerned about him. Some have been wondering if Lamar Odom will have to go back to rehab.

According to TMZ, there are new photos of Lamar Odom drinking while shopping at the Beverly Center shopping with a friend. He reportedly spent $60 on cognac while his friend shopped for new shoes over the past weekend. Odom has been struggling to stay sober ever since his near-fatal overdose, when he was found unconscious after a three-day alcohol and drug binge at a Nevada brothel back in October.

While Lamar bought drinks for his friends, sources told Us Weekly that he didn’t drink any alcohol.

“He went out with Khloé’s security to meet some friends and get out of the house. He bought them the drinks, but didn’t drink himself. Khloé’s security guard was with him, which is just like having Khloé with you. He just wanted to get out into the real world for a second and feel normal.”

Meanwhile, another insider told E! News back in March that Odom is focused on his recovery and has not been drinking alcohol.

“Lamar has no issues with drinking. He is well aware of what he is doing and he is not going to f–k it up. Khloe supports him and is still taking care of him. She is really pleased with how well he is recovering.”

The news has been particularly worrying to Khloe Kardashian, who has taken to social media to exclaim her concerns over her estranged husband. Despite admitting that she is cutting ties from Lamar, Khloe has still stuck by his side. She was even there for him when he spent three months at both a Las Vegas and Los Angeles hospital. He was released from the hospital in January, and made his first public appearance at New York Fashion Week shortly thereafter.

Khloe Kardashian posted another cryptic message on Instagram that read: “It doesn’t matter how loyal you are to someone. You can’t change someone’s heart and bad habits unless they want to themselves. Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”

Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian
[Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3]

Then, on Sunday, May 8, after Lamar Odom was spotted drinking yet again, she took to Twitter to air out her frustrations.

“SMH,” Kardashian first tweeted.

“Hummmmm…People disappoint,” she then tweeted a few hours later.

Although Khloe didn’t directly call out Lamar Odom, the timing of her tweets are surely coincidental.

There’s also the moment when the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star reached out to a fan that told her she lost her brother to an overdose.

“I’m so sorry 4your loss,” Khloe responded. “I personally understand how hard and difficult situations like this are. Constantly ups and downs.”

Lamar Odom went to rehab in 2013 following his DUI arrest in California San Fernando Valley and hinted towards substance abuse problems. According to gossip sites, Odom “swore” to Kardashian that he would never drink or do drugs again. Kardashian then filed for divorce from Odom in 2013, but requested to halt the filing so she could help after his hospitalization.

Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom
[Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3]

However, Lamar and Khloe have been fighting over his recovery. He has refused to go to rehab and started drinking again despite her attempts to check him into rehab. Of course, Lamar has to be willing to give up his addiction to drugs and alcohol and check himself into rehab. Going to rehab because someone else wants you to does not work and will only cause a relapse.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Khloe Kardashian should give up helping Lamar Odom? Or, do you think she should move on? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.

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