Michael Phelps is headed to rehab. The Olympic gold medalist announced the news on Twitter a week after his second DUI arrest.
Phelps was arrested early in the morning on Sept. 30 after failing field sobriety tests when Baltimore police pulled him over for speeding. According to the Baltimore Sun, Phelps’ blood alcohol level was 0.14. The swimmer, 29, was charged with DUI in Maryland in 2004.
“The past few days have been extremely difficult. I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself,” Phelps writes on his Twitter. “I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself. Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”
Phelps’ spokesperson says in a statement that the Olympian is checking into a six-week in-patient treatment. “While this has been an extremely difficult time for him, he is encouraged that this comprehensive program will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development. Michael takes this matter seriously and intends to share his learning experiences with others in the future.”