X17 XCLUSIVE - Tiger Woods In Rehab, Says Source
Posted on Wed Dec 30, 2009 06:39 AM PDT

tigerrehab200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - A source tells X17online exclusively that Tiger Woods has entered a private, upscale rehabilitation facility in Arizona. While recent reports claim Tiger was spotted in Palm Beach with alleged mistress Rachel Uchitel, but so far no pictures have surfaced nor has anyone gone on the record saying they saw the two together.

The source tells X17online:
"He has been there for a few days since his handlers forced him to enter the program. They feel that if he blames his cheating on addiction, the public will forgive him."

Meanwhile, a stint in rehab for Tiger seems like the next logical step. After singer Eric Benet was caught in a much-publicized cheating scandal during his relationship with Halle Berry, he entered rehab for sexual addiction. More recently, Californication star David Duchovny did the same in an effort to redeem his reputation and his marriage with Tea Leoni.

Arizona boasts two high-profile rehabilitation centers - Cottonwood de Tuscon and The Meadows in Phoenix. Cottonwood's program for sex addiction "centers on helping patients retrain the neural pathways that are activated by their sexual behavior," while the Meadows focuses on treating alcohol and drug addiction along with compulsive behaviors such as eating, gambling, sex, love addiction/avoidance and codependence. While it seems obvious that Tiger would be entering a facility for sex addiction, it was also reported that he had problems with prescription drug abuse, so it's entirely possible that he's being treated for multiple issues.

The source explains Woods' motivation to get help:
"Tiger wants to get back on top. He agreed to put golfing on hold so he could show the world how badly he feels about what he's done and to prove that he wants to correct the problems that led to his infidelity."

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