PALO ALTO, CALIF. — Ryan Lochte, returning to competitive swimming on Wednesday for first time since serving a 14-month ban for receiving an intravenous injection, addressed his “roller-coaster’’ life outside the pool.

During the last three years, Lochte has served a for an alcohol-fueled incident at the 2016 Olympics, served another and sought treatment for a problem with alcohol.

Lochte said he checked into a rehab center in Florida last year and the treatment lasted about six weeks.

“I think it was getting to a point in my life where I needed a change,’’ said Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist who turns 35 Sunday and is competing at the Phillips 66 National Championships. “So,

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