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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom (Image: Star Magazine)

In his new memoir, Darkness to Light — exclusively excerpted in PEOPLE — Lamar Odom writes, “I have been obsessed with sex for as long as I can remember,” Concise News reports.

“I am a sex addict,” writes Odom, an NBA champion who was married to Khloé Kardashian for four years before they split in 2013.

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In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, the 39-year-old reveals that he has had sex with more than 2,000 women. “There were too many strippers to count,” he writes. “It wasn’t a big deal, but often I would pay them. I never thought less of them.”

Also, Odom reveals that he cheated on Kardashian throughout their marriage; she eventually discovered the infidelities.

“I was shocked and embarrassed,” he tells PEOPLE in an interview. “I wanted to take it back, but you can’t. [I] wanted to hide it. But that sick sin was hard for me to hide … I had a problem.”

Meanwhile, Kardashian’s representative did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Odom continues: “[I] ran out of porn to watch! That’s how you know when you are going a little overboard.”

Odom’s addiction to sex was compounded by his addiction to drugs.

“Sex was a trigger for me to do drugs,” he tells PEOPLE. “Because you double up on [that] good feeling.”

In 2015, Odom’s addictions led him to the Love Ranch brothel in Las Vegas, where he overdosed and had a close shave with death.

“That was the wake-up call,” says Odom. “Like, this can’t happen again.”

Now Odom is drug-free but admits that he’s still working through his demons.

“I’m still an addict,” he writes in his book. “I still struggle … [But] I will not go into the darkness. Ever again.”

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Darkness to Light will be out May 28, 2019.