“After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on,” De La Hoya said in a statement to TMZ.
“Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws. Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different.”
“I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person. I ask for respect and privacy as my family and I go through this process.”
De La Hoya won an Olympic gold medal for boxing back in 1992. He retired in 2009 with a record of nearly 40 wins.
The 38-year-old former boxer has also established the Los Angeles-based sport promotions company Golden Boy Promotions.
De La Hoya’s former promoter, Bob Arum, said he “wishes Oscar the best, and hopes the rehabilitation succeeds,” the Los Angeles Times reported.