AceShowbiz - Lamar Odom's doctor has applauded the athlete's move to open up about his ketamine treatments. After the NBA star got candid about taking a small dose of ketamine to maintain his sobriety, Dr. Steven L. Mandel said he's "grateful" with the former's "honesty."
"To have a prominent person call people's attention to this, it's a thrill," the physician said in an interview with Page Six. "It's amazing. So I'm very grateful and thousands of people will benefit from his honesty and his candor."
"I think he's really a stand-up guy for doing that and I want to acknowledge that," the doctor further raved. "This is a big deal. We have lots of celebrity patients, some of whom really couldn't function until they came to us. Many of them even say they're going to come out but because of their own discomforts, they don't. This is the guy who had the courage to do so and it really will help others."
Steven also divulged that the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian visited his clinic "after he tried a number of other things which had not given him the relief he was seeking." The doctor also spilled that he was asked to participate in the basketball player's documentary, "Lamar Odom Reborn", and he was so "thrilled" to accept the offer.
Steven himself promoted Lamar's documentary via Instagram on Thursday, May 20. "So grateful to @lamarodom for his bravery in sharing how ketamine infusion therapy transformed his life. The documentary about his journey, 'Lamar Odom Reborn', premieres at 5pm PST today on YouTube. His willingness to open up and be vulnerable will literally save lives - it already has," he exclaimed in the caption.
"Today is Mental Health Action Day. Break the stigma by sharing your journey. You too can impact lives for the better and heal in the process. If you or anyone you know is struggling, please reach out," he continued. "Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles is dedicated to providing rapid relief and long-term support. @ketamineclinicsla has provided 13,000 infusions over 7+ years with an 83% success rate."