Tiger Seeks Help For Pain Med Addiction

Tiger Woods’ recent DUI arrest has nearly daily unveiled more layers and exposed a harsh reality about the prevalence and dangers of painkiller abuse in the U.S.

Making his first public comments in close to a month, Tiger revealed via twitter that he is now receiving professional help for his painkiller management.

The 14-time major winner has been dealing with back pain for years, pain which has led to him making just a small handful of starts on the PGA Tour over the past 24 months.

Between pain management and a sleeping disorder, Tiger has found it difficult to properly management the copious medications he has been prescribed.


  • Potent Cocktail: During the May 29th DUI arrest, Tiger revealed to officers that he has been taking Xanax. At a testing facility, he later told officers that he was on at least four other medications, including Vicodin, one of the most prescribed and most abused painkillers.
  • Addiction Treatment: In addition, Leigh Steinberg, Tiger’s agent, told ESPN that Tiger has is currently receiving in-patient treatment to help control a painkiller addiction. Steinberg mentioned that along with frequent pain from his history of back injuries and surgeries, Tiger also suffers from insomnia.
  • Court Date: Tiger’s court date for his DUI is August 9th in Florida. It is possible that he could have his charges lowered to a lesser offense.

The Tweet

“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleeping disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”
Tiger Woods

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.


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