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(NEWSER) – Tweeting that "the past few days have been extremely difficult," Michael Phelps says it's time "to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

The move comes in the wake of Phelps' arrest on DUI charges—his second in 10 years—and amid reports that he was on an eight-hour booze-fueled gambling binge before he was pulled over with a BAC of .14%. "Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual," said Phelps, vowing to "do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future."

He's set for trial Nov. 19, reports ESPN.

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