Rep. Sullivan Treated for Alcohol Addiction

Posted May 29, 2009 at 5:41pm

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) has checked himself into a facility for alcohol addiction, according to a statement from the Congressman obtained by Roll Call.The five-term Republican said in a statement that he plans to take a temporary leave of absence from Congress during treatment.“Last night, I checked myself in to the Betty Ford Center in California to treat my addiction to alcohol,— Sullivan said. “To ensure my success in this fight, I’ve decided to take a temporary leave of absence from Congress. I value my relationship with the citizens of Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, whom I am privileged and honored to have served for the past eight years. So, I wanted to be open and honest on this tough situation.—Also in the statement, Sullivan asked for privacy and respect for his family during this “most challenging time in my life.—Sullivan is one of a handful of Members, including Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and former Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), who were open about seeking treatment for substance abuse while in office.