Lamar Odom Has Something in Common with the Duggars

Would you believe that Lamar Odom has something in common with the Duggar family? It’s hard to believe, but the two vastly different TV personalities actually have one crucial thing in common – they both use Covenant Eyes to keep their internet browsing PG-13. Odom took to Instagram to admit that while he’s on the road to recovery, he battled an intense addiction to pornography, and claimed the habit was actually harder to kick than his drug addiction.

Lamar Odom admits to having an addiction to porn

Odom’s hard-partying ways didn’t just land him in the dog house with his then-wife, Khloe Kardashian. They almost landed him in the grave. The 6’10 former NBA star almost died in Nevada in October 2015. According to Us Weekly, Odom was found unconscious in a brothel outside of Las Vegas. He had spent several days partying with several of the escorts who work at the establishment. The Las Vegas hospital that treated him found high levels of cocaine in his system. Odom was said to be taking herbal Viagra, as well.

The recovery for Odom was long, and kicking his drug addiction was a difficult task, one he bravely shared with the world in his 2019 memoir, Darkness to Light. The drug addiction isn’t all Odom grappled with though, aside from dealing with his own mortality, he dealt with an addiction to pornography. The decade-long addiction cost him relationships, and almost ended his whirlwind romance with his new fiancée, Sabrina Parr. Parr is reportedly the one who brought the issue to Odom’s attention.

Odom and the Duggars have chosen the same software to keep their browsing safe

In his Instagram confessional, Odom thanked Covenant Eyes for helping him battle his addiction. Covenant Eyes is a software that allows users to filter out content that they deem inappropriate. According to the company’s official website, the software, which works on laptops, tablets and mobile devices, has two settings. With the accountability setting, a detailed report of what you are browsing is sent to an administrator. With the filtering setting, the software filters out inappropriate content based on your own perimeters.

Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar have also shared their use of the software with their fans. The couple alleges that the software is for accountability purposes. They also share their social media passwords with each other. The software allows them to browse the web without accidentally (or purposefully) running into websites that contain adult content.

Jill’s brother, Josh Duggar, famously admitted to a pornography addiction after he was swept up in the Ashley Madison data breach. After Josh’s extramarital activities were discovered, he enrolled in a treatment program in Illinois to treat his addiction to pornography. Josh is now rumored to be at the center of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.

How common is an addiction to pornography?

Odom admitted that his addiction to porn harmed his romantic relationships, and he often found himself browsing x-rated websites even with his partner in the room. He claims that the habit was tougher to kick than his chemical dependency, and he’s likely not alone in that feeling. According to The Recovery Village, problematic pornography usage affects between 5% and 8% of the adult population. The viewing of pornography is considered to be problematic when a person spends between 10 and 12 hours per week viewing content. For some, the amount of time they spend on pornographic websites can be much higher.

Lamar Odom is interviewed for 'Good Morning America'
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Pornography addictions are treated in much the same way that other compulsive behaviors are treated. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is considered the gold standard of treatment, and the use of filtering software can help sufferers break the habit. The addiction can coexist with psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression.