Patrick Kennedy returns to rehab
...and the local media tunes up the violin section.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), who has used his battle with alcoholism and drugs as a springboard for mental illness advocacy, has returned to treatment, he said in a statement released by his office.
Kennedy, who entered rehab in May 2006 after crashing an SUV into a Capitol barricade, described his treatment as part of a "lifelong process" of coping with his addiction but stopped short of saying he'd suffered a relapse.
"I have decided to temporarily step away from my normal routine to ensure that I am being as vigilant as possible in my recovery,'' said Kennedy, who didn't disclose the location of his treatment.
Try staying there for more then two weeks, Patrick. Maybe it'll work.
'I hope that in some small way my decision to be proactive and public in my efforts to remain healthy can help remove the stigma that has served as a barrier for many Americans reluctant to get the help they needed,'' added Kennedy, a leading congressional advocate of mental health programs who has been candid about his struggle with bipolar disorder.
Posted by: tu3031 2009-06-12