Professional golfer and tournament host, Tiger Woods, answers questions about his event and his health from the media during a press conference at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament. File photo by Pete Marovich/UPI | License Photo
Tiger Woods took to social media on Monday to announce that he is seeking "professional help" to deal with issues he has encountered with medication as well as problems managing his pain and sleeping.
"I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder," Woods wrote on Twitter. "I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour."
Woods' announcement comes less than a month after he was arrested for DUI in Florida. The 41-year-old told law enforcement officials that he was taking Xanax on the night of his arrest, according to an unredacted version of the police report obtained by Golf Channel.
Xanax is usually prescribed to treat anxiety and depression as well as insomnia.
Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz on May 29 before police arrested him. The 14-time major champion was stopped in the middle of the road and his car had two flat tires and noticeable damage.
However, Woods blew a 0.0 on a breath test for alcohol. He said he was not taking illegal drugs, but told police he was taking Xanax when asked if he was taking any medication.
The police report also lists Vicodin, Solarex, Vioxx, and Turox as drugs that Woods had been prescribed.
His arraignment, originally scheduled for July 5, was delayed last week until Aug. 9. No reason was given for the delay.