Lamar Odom Checks Himself Into Rehab One Year After Near-Fatal Overdose

Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star wants to “work on his mental and physical health”

By Melanie Bromley, Mike Vulpo Dec 12, 2016 11:49 PMTags

Lamar Odom is ready to get some professional help.

E! News can confirm the former Los Angeles Lakers player recently admitted himself into rehab in San Diego, Calif.

"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."

The decision comes more than a year after the former NBA player experienced a near-fatal overdose in Las Vegas.

Lamar Odom's Happy Times On and Off the Court

Back in October 2015, Lamar became unconscious at a brothel in Crystal, Nev. An ambulance took him to a nearby hospital where doctors found a cocktail of drugs in his system.

While Khloe Kardashian recalled the moment when she was told he only had four hours to live, Lamar defied friends, family and doctor's expectations and was able to move to a private rehabilitation center closer to Calabasas.

While the athlete experienced some setbacks during his recovery including reports of being homeless, sources previously told E! News that he was focused on living a healthier life.

"Lamar's not homeless. He has a nice place in California," a source previously shared with us. "He is doing well. He is determined to stay on the straight and narrow [path] and wants to be the best father he can possibly be and he is doing the work required to achieve that."

Our source added, "It is not easy, but he is focused and determined."

Lamar's rep could not be reached for comment regarding rehab news. The athlete was last spotted shopping in Beverly Hills on December 6.