Tiger Woods getting 'professional help' to manage sleep and pain medications
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Tiger Woods getting ‘professional help’ to manage sleep and pain medications

Tiger Woods commented publicly for just the second time since a Memorial Day arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of a combination of sleep and pain medications. Woods said in a statement on Twitter that he is receiving "professional help," some days after a gossip site reported Woods was in rehab for prescription medication addiction.

Woods' statement in full reads:

I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on tour.

Woods was arrested in the early hours of Memorial Day after he was found by Jupiter (Fla). police asleep at the wheel of his running Mercedes-Benz on the side of a road going in the opposite direction of his home and nearby restaurant. Woods' foot was on the brake and the turn signal was on, with fresh damage to the driver's side of the car.

Woods, who was cooperative but groggy and struggling to remain awake, failed several field sobriety tests. He told officers he was taking a combination of painkilling medication, including an opioid Vicodin, as well sleep and anxiety medication, Xanax. Woods blew 0.000 in multiple Breathalyzer tests.

Woods' arraignment on charges of driving under the influence and illegal parking has been moved from its original July date to August.

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