Tiger Woods receiving professional help to manage his use of painkillers

Tiger Woods in custody after he was stopped by police.

Tiger Woods in custody after he was stopped by police.

Tiger Woods is receiving help to manage his medications.

"I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,'' Woods said in a statement.

"I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.''

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Woods was charged with driving under the influence after police in Jupiter, Florida, found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz at about 2am on May 29 (local time)

Breath tests showed no presence of alcohol, but Woods told officers he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax.

Last week it was reported that Woods reserved the entire male inpatient unit of the Jupiter Medical Centre near his Florida home for a 28-day course to treat an addiction to prescription pills.

Woods could qualify for a diversion programme in which the DUI charge is downgraded to reckless driving, which results in probation, fine and other conditions such as taking a DUI course.

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 - AP

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