Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) just checked herself into rehab for alcohol dependence and will take a hiatus from Congress.
Kirkpatrick is 69 and she recently took a nasty fall that was directly caused by her drunkness. It must have scared her straight as she now faces a long recovery and rigorous physical therapy.
“I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall,” she said. “Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence.
“I am finally seeking this help after struggling to do so in the past, and I am ready to admit that I, like countless other Americans, suffer from this disease. Hard work and determination — which have brought me success in life — have not been enough to win this battle.
Other than being a wife, mother, and grandmother, the most important job in the world to me is representing my fellow Arizonans. I know I must get better in order to do my best in each of these roles.”
“I am grateful to the people of Arizona whom I am privileged to serve, my amazing staff who work tirelessly on your behalf, and my infinitely supportive and loving family,” she wrote. “… From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support.”
From The Hill:
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) announced Wednesday that she will be taking a hiatus as she undergoes treatment for “alcohol dependence.”
The announcement came after Kirkpatrick, 69, had a “serious” fall, the “underlying cause” of which she said was her dependence on alcohol. She must undergo physical therapy for the fall and is expected to fully recover.
Next week she will begin treatment for her alcoholism.