Tiger Woods Back In Rehab For Pill Addiction, DUI Arraignment Delayed
According to the New York Post, 41-year-old Tiger Woods is has gone back to rehab – specifically, the Jupiter Medical Center near his home in Florida, where he has reportedly reserved the entire inpatient unit for men. His recent arrest for driving under the influence may have put him in a precarious position in which he could potentially lose joint custody of his two children, nine-year-old daughter Sam, and his son Charlie, 8.
Early on the morning of May 29th, he was found by police officers unresponsive behind the wheel of his damaged Mercedes-Benz. The Post reports that Tiger told law enforcement that he had combined the opioid Vicodin with Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication. Woods recently had surgery on his back and is said to have battled pain for many years.
His last stint in rehab was in Arizona in 2010 for a pill addiction to similar drugs – Vicodin and Ambien, a hypnotic.
In related news, the Associated Press reports that the arraignment for Tiger’s DUI charge has been delayed one month from its original date – now set for August 9th. The presiding judge canceled the arraignment scheduled on July 5th.
On the scene of the accident, Woods reportedly failed field sobriety tests, but breathalyzers confirmed that he did not have alcohol in his system, as he had fervently maintained. His car was pulled over to the side of the road, with half of the vehicle still in the right lane. A turn signal was on, and damage to the vehicle was noted on both bumpers.
The AP also stated that Tiger could seek a diversion program, which would permit the DUI offense to be reduced to reckless driving. He could be facing community service, driving courses, fines, and probation.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology