Michael Phelps Entering Rehab After DUI Arrest

michael phelpsMichael Phelps has a problem. Like many of us do. We all have our issues issues and quirks and things we know we need to work on to be better at, well, life. And I'm happy to learn that Phelps is doing something about his problem -- he's getting help.

After his arrest for DUI, going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone, and crossing the double yellow line, Phelps took to Twitter to apologize profusely for his actions. Back in 2004, when he was only 19-years-old, Phelps was also charged with drunken driving. Back then he said he learned from his mistake, but he repeated that mistake as a 29-year-old man. He has now revealed that he is getting the help he needs. Phelps is entering rehab.

 

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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. 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.

I am really proud of him. We all make mistakes. Thankfully Phelps' mistake didn't cost him his life or the life of another. Thank goodness there wasn't a tragic accident. But that is not the chance anyone should take -- no one should ever drink and drive.

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Many look up to Phelps -- he's an Olympian, an incredible swimmer, and seems like a down-to-earth kind of guy. But he's not a mythical Superhero. He makes mistakes just like the rest of us and it's fantastic that he is owning up to these mistakes and doing something about it. Maybe it will help others recognize their own mistakes, their own need for help, and take action to better themselves as well.

Good luck, Michael. This battle is far more important than any swimming competition and I hope you succeed.

Are you glad Michael is getting help and talking about it?

 

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