updated 01/12/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/12/2011 AT 4:05 PM ET
The happy ending may have to wait.
Ted Williams, the golden-voiced homeless man discovered last week, became an overnight sensation and scored a job offer to get him off the streets.
But following a police-involved confrontation with his recently reunited daughter on Monday night in Los Angeles, Williams may be headed for rehab.
A rep for Dr. Phil McGraw, who has Williams on his show this week, tells PEOPLE the talk show host convinced Williams to get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse after a “lengthy one-on-one conversation.”
“If Ted is ever going to get better, he’s got to be honest with himself and admit he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol, says McGraw. “I’ve told him it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction.”
This decision comes shortly after Williams, 53, admits on the syndicated Dr. Phil show in an episode airing Wednesday that he is still drinking.
“I did have an alcohol problem early,” Williams has acknowledged in an interview on the Today show. “I was drinking like a fifth a day … my life went to pits.”
The troubled voiceover actor also has a rap sheet that includes theft, robbery, forgery and drug possession.