"You know i have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life," said Rush Limbaugh on his radio show Friday. "So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication."
Limbaugh made the announcement during his nationally syndicated radio program.
"Immediately following this broadcast, I am checking myself into a treatment center for the next 30 days to once and for all break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me," said Limbaugh.
Limbaugh admitted he first started taking painkillers several years ago after undergoing spinal surgery.
He added that he's not trying to portray himself as a victim, and took what he called "full responsibility" for his drug problem.
Limbaugh declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation by law enforcement officials in Florida.
This revelation came just over a week after Limbaugh quit his job as football commentator for ESPN. He drew fire for saying that the sports media supported NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb because it wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.
At about the same time, the national enquirer began reporting allegations of drug abuse involving painkillers. The tabloid reported it had interviewed Limbaugh's former maid, who claimed she obtained the drugs for him.
Limbaugh said he's checking in to a treatment center for the next month to break himself of the addiction. He said he has checked into medical facilities twice before.