Lamar Odom's recent denial of his alleged drug problem may have been a cover for an even sadder state of affairs: a new report claims he’s not only still in the throes of his deadly addiction, but he’s also become depressed and embarrassed about his inability to conquer his problem.

A friend of the former Clippers player claims that everyone in his inner circle knows that he’s well overdue for some professional help, despite Lamar’s healthier appearance in recent weeks and reports that he’s been receiving counseling on an outpatient basis.

“He’s ashamed and it’s time to leave him alone and let him get help on his own,” a source tells HollywoodLife. “Everybody knows what the deal is.”

Part of what may be keeping Lamar from having the strength to battle his demons alone may be the toll his crumbling marriage his taking on him.

Beating his drug problem, according to the source, is “something he’s got to do with his family and his support group,” says the source.

However, earlier in the week, when confronted by paparazzi about his drug problem, Lamar also claimed that he was still talking to wife Khloe Kardashian with regularity, something multiple other sources have denied.

It looks like Lamar is going to have to start working on himself before he can get his marriage back, if that's even still an option. Luckily, Khloe's still sporting her wedding ring, so it looks like there may still be a chance for the couple yet. 

We wish Lamar the best and hope things start looking up for him soon.

Source: HollywoodLife