How can spouses deal with a partner who is in active addiction?
How can they keep their family intact when everything begins to fall apart?
What does a parent do when children are involved?
Today’s story is about the other side of addiction. Liza Morales is a real estate professional, a mom, and the ex-wife of NBA star, Lamar Odom. Their problems began after moving to Los Angeles, where Lamar was swept away by the celebrity lifestyle and all the vices that come with it.
Liza talks frankly about what it was like to be a young mother married to a famous athlete, what lead to their final break up, and the drug overdose that sent Lamar into a coma.
She also reveals what three keys have given her the strength to carry on, keep her family together, and what her relationship with Lamar Odom is like today.
Liza Morales and Lamar Odom
Liza Morales was born to a Puerto Rican parents in Queens New York City, May 9, 1979. Raised in a broken family, she attended Christ the King High School, in Queens, where she met Lamar in the ninth grade.
The sweethearts got engaged in 2000, leading to Liza moving into Odom’s apartment. The couple would spend the next 10 years together and welcomed three children together.
A look at Odom and Liza’s relationship timeline shows their journey together was filled with many ups and down. Although the NBA athlete didn’t take her to the altar, they were there for each other for over 10 years, after which Lamar met Khloe Kardashian, whom he married for four years until his addiction destroyed the marriage.
Liza’s Life Today
I would probably be diagnosed insane if I didn’t have a higher power that I believed in.
As a young mother, adjusting to life as the wife of a famous athlete was challenging. But Liza came from a divorced family and didn’t want that for her children. She was determined to keep her family together, even when drugs and women came into the picture. She accepted it as part of the lifestyle and figured the thrill of it would wear off and Lamar would settle down eventually.
But things escalated as he rose higher and higher in his career. What remained of their relationship crashed when they had a third child who died of SIDs. Liza turned spiritually inward. Lamar leaned on drugs and distractions.
Reeling from the death of her son and the end of their marriage, Liza discovered therapy. She was diagnosed with depression, which helped her understand what was going on in her mind. Liza also sought out experts, books, videos, and other resources to learn as much about addiction as she could.
Now she, Lamar, and her kids are partnering up with MicDrop to heal their family by telling their story and showing families who are suffering that they are not alone.
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