WASHINGTON - Michael Phelps is heading for the Rio Olympics next year a new man after coming through the toughest period of his life, he said. Inan interview to a sports magazine, he gave a frank account of his descent into alcoholism before turning his life around again. Phelps reached rock bottom in September 2014 when he was arrested in Baltimore, Maryland, for drink driving. He pleaded guilty and was given one-year suspended sentence and 18 months' probation, but was spared jail. It served as a wake-up call. "I was in a real dark place. Not wanting to be alive anymore," he explained. And he checked himself into rehab and is now ready to return to Olympics. Phelps says after the arrest he spent four days in his Maryland home before realising he had to get his life back on track.