Michael Phelps Is Out of Rehab and Into the Pool

By McCarton Ackerman 12/02/14

The Olympic gold medalist has successfully completed rehab with an eye on returning to competition in 2015.

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Michael Phelps is out of rehab and staying sober.

The Olympic swimmer recently completed his stint in rehab and has now been drug and alcohol-free for two months. He posted a Thanksgiving dinner table family selfie over the holiday weekend, which marked the first time he had been active on social media since his Oct. 5 apology for his DUI arrest the week before. One of Phelps’ trainers, Keenan Robinson, also confirmed that the swimmer began training again last week as he gears up for competitions in 2015.

Phelps was arrested for DUI on Sept. 30, after initially being pulled over for driving 84 mph in a 40 mph zone in Baltimore, Md. An officer immediately noticed that he was impaired and administered a series of field sobriety tests, all of which Phelps failed. He also blew a .14, which is nearly double the legal limit. USA Swimming responded by suspending Phelps from competition for six months, in addition to pulling him from the Long Course World Championship Team.

"I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself," he wrote. "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.”

Unfortunately, this wasn't the first time Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence. As a 19-year-old, he was arrested in 2004 for drunk driving in Salisbury, Md. Two other passengers were with him at the time.

"I made a mistake. Getting in a car with anything to drink is wrong, dangerous and unacceptable,” he said afterwards. “I'm 19 but was taught no matter how old you are, you should always take responsibility for your actions, which I will do. I’m extremely sorry for this.”

He immediately pled guilty and was given 18 months probation, in addition to a $250 fine. Phelps was also required to speak at schools about the dangers of drinking and driving.

More famously, Phelps was photographed in 2009 while smoking weed from a bong while partying at the University of South Carolina. He was suspended from competing for three months and lost Kellogg as a sponsor. Phelps apologized afterwards and said that his actions were "inappropriate."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.