In it, the star swimmer recounts the days holed up in his Baltimore home while media swarmed outside. Surrounded by family and friends, he says he finally became convinced of the need to get help and chartered a flight to a facility in Arizona.
Once there, accompanied by his sister and now-fiancee, he says it was "Hug-hug, kiss-kiss, turn in my phone and go to my room. It’s probably the most afraid I’ve ever felt in my life."
Since leaving the facility, Phelps has maintained a low profile and even vowed to not touch alcohol again until after the Rio Olympics.
He’s been training with longtime- and U.S. Swimming coach Bob Bowman at Arizona State and competing in national events (he was barred from world events, due to his suspension n the wake of his arrest). His performances have been uneven at times, but he managed some of the fastest times in the world last year too.
Phelps is expected to compete in at least three individual events in Rio, according to SI’s report.