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How Can Tiger Woods Recover After Arrest?

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People get arrested every day for driving under the influence of alcohol or some other narcotic regardless of the countless “please no drinking and driving” signs and warnings. A DUI can be devastating not only can it be depressing, but it is shameful, especially for people who live in the public eyes and sportsmen who are today’s default role models. There are generally five stages that come after an arrest: shame, guilt, depression, anger and acceptance.

DUI’s can happen to the best of us, ask Tiger Woods. Just last month, Woods was arrested for Driving under the influence in Jupiter, South Florida just nine miles from his plush multimillion-dollar home. The beleaguered golf pro has been going through some rough times recently having to deal with health issues and recurring back problems that kept him off the circuit for a while.

Disturbing Camera Footage

It is this same back problem that he has cited as having contributed to the DUI. He stated, in his press released apology, that his condition had been caused by a combination of legitimate drugs he was taking for his back. However, looking at the dash cam video of the arrest it is hard to understand how Woods could have put himself and other users at risk by driving in the state that he was in.

The camera footage shows a visibly, dazed and disoriented Woods, who was slurring, and totally incapable of walking a straight line. Woods had not lied about being sober, he had no alcohol in his system, but he was clearly under the influence of what he would reveal to be a strong combination of opioids and pain relief medication.

Latest Comeback Derailed

The arrest may put a wrench in the Tiger Woods comeback plan. The 41 year old has been struggling with his back and until recently, he could only talk about his hopes of going back to golf after recovering from his fourth surgery. Woods has been having a lot of personal setbacks. His 2009 divorce from Swedish model Elin Nordegren after stories of a string of extramarital affairs did a lot of damage to his reputation. He did somewhat recover and went on to win the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open, then the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

It seemed that Tiger Woods comeback was real and people thought he would do more than show small flashes of brilliance. However, injuries got him off his game and since 2015, the golfing world has been waiting for a Tiger Woods comeback.

The Physical Struggle

The DUI has shed some light on the inner world of Tiger Woods. Many have questioned whether the many surgeries and having to cope with constant pain could have led Woods down the path of addiction. It is not uncommon for sportsmen to inadvertently find themselves battling with this issue due to injury. Many have recovered and returned to their professional lives, but a DUI is a stain that lingers.

Tiger was expecting to return to golf as soon as he was fully recovered from his most recent back surgery. This DUI seems like a setback that could either derail his golfing career or bring it to a definite halt. But we all love comeback stories and beating the odds – here’s hoping that Woods will surprise us, and return to his former glory.

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