Tiger Woods Seeks Professional Help to Manage Medications Following DUI Arrest
Woods, 41, was arrested last month in Jupiter, Fla., for DUI after police found him asleep at the wheel of his car early Memorial Day.
Tiger Woods has taken to Twitter to announce he will be seeking “professional help” to manage his medications following a DUI arrest in Florida last month.
Woods, 41, was arrested in Jupiter on Memorial Day after police found him asleep at the wheel of his car. He was seen on police dashcam speaking incoherently and failing field sobriety tests.
He was found to be under the influence of medications he had taken for an injured back and sleep trouble after a breathalyzer test found he had not consumed alcohol.
The golf icon posted on Twitter Monday evening that he will be looking to get help.
“I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and sleep disorder,” he wrote. “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on Tour."
His agent, Mark Steinberg, said Tuesday his client's been having trouble sleeping "for a long time."
"I'm not at liberty to say where he is, but he is receiving in-patient treatment," he said. “Tiger has been dealing with so much pain physically. And that leads to insomnia and sleep issues."
Woods was under the influence of prescription medication, telling officers he had taken two painkillers, Vicodin and Turix, and possibly an anti-depressant.
"I understand the severity of what I did and take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said in a statement following his release from jail. "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved.
"What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly."
In April, Woods had his fourth back surgery in three years and took to his website just days before his arrest to comment on his recovery.
"It is hard to express how much better I feel," Woods wrote. "It was instant nerve relief. I haven't felt this good in years."
However, his agent seemed to suggest that elation did not last.
"He's been in pain for so long," Steinberg told ESPN. "He's had to handle the pain, which then potentially leads to the lack of sleep because you're in so much pain."
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