Sullivan checks in to Betty Ford Center

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By now you've seen the statement, released Friday afternoon by Oklahoma 1st District Congressman John Sullivan, that on Thursday he checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for treatment to deal with his addiction to alcohol. The announcement was a surprise, as I had never seen anything in his behavior even hinting at a problem and had never even heard rumors of a problem.

I don't know what stresses are underlying his problem with alcohol, but there's a reason they call it the Betty Ford Center. Being in the public eye as an elected official or an elected official's spouse makes it much harder to deal with the trials of life. John has had two significant personal setbacks since his first run for congress: The death of his infant daughter and the loss of sight in one eye, the result of a security barrier striking a car in which he was a passenger. As hard as it is to bear up under such circumstances, it's harder when all eyes are on you, and when half of those eyes belong to people who would love to see you humiliated and driven from office.

I admire his proactive decision, and he and his family will be in our prayers.

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David V Author Profile Page said:

Even at his first win in the Oklahoma house campaign, I was at his watch party; and I remember how the liquor "flowed". He was behind the bar, offering drinks to all of us.

I don't think stress causes alcoholism. It's regarded as a disease because its an internal condition. While drunkenness is behavior, The insatiable craving and physiological symptoms are a disease that strikes randomly.

I recall speaking to Peter Marshall JR. a few years ago about his struggle.

I admire those who have the courage to face the problem honestly and I especially admire those who stay with the program and successfully reorder their lifestyle to a healthy avoidance of liquor's influence.

God help you, John. God give you strength and courage.


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