Virginia Republican Tom Garrett recently announced his decision not to seek re-election from Central Virginia in the November 2019 elections, owing to his alcohol addiction. The congressman said that he needed to spend more time to recover. In an emotional video statement recently in Richmond’s Capital Square, the 46-year-old told the public that those who know him well, recognized him as a good man and an “alcoholic.” It was the hardest statement he had ever made publicly, he said. According to several of his former staffers, the Virginia republican was seen drinking in his office.
According to Rep. Garett, his not seeking re-election had nothing to do with the fear of losing or lack of love for his country, but that “sometimes winning means knowing where your priorities should be.” Republican Party of Virginia’s Chairman John Whitbeck applauded Rep. Garrett for sharing his struggles and wished him and his family all the best. At this time, it is unclear whether the Congressman will enter an inpatient facility or seek outpatient alcohol rehabilitation treatment.
The announcement came a week after reports of turmoil in the Congressman’s office resulted in him parting ways with his chief of staff. The congressman and his wife were also accused of making congressional staffers work as their personal aides – taking care of the dog, transporting their children and even doing their grocery shopping. However, the congressman had dismissed the allegations as “a series of half-truths and full lies.”
Alcoholism is a major health concern
Alcoholism, a major health concern in the U.S., is associated with numerous adverse health consequences and social problems. A mental illness, alcoholism has little to do with the amount, frequency or the type of alcohol one drinks but has a lot to do with one’s uncontrolled drinking habit or the lack of willpower to be able to resist drinking. The fact that alcohol is legit and socially acceptable makes it more harmful than any other substance of abuse.
Too much alcohol is bad for health and can make it hard for one to focus on life’s daily pleasures. When left unchecked, alcohol addiction can affect all aspects of one’s life and damage the emotional stability. However, timely professional help and ongoing support can help one address his/her addiction as well as the deep-seated causes triggering alcohol addiction. Given the extent of damage caused by alcohol addiction on an individual and those around him/her, it is imperative to seek early help from a certified alcoholic rehab. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million people, aged 12 and above, suffer from an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Defined as a chronic relapsing brain disease, AUD is characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.
Treatment for alcohol addiction is possible
At Sovereign Health, we understand how alcohol can destroy families and therefore, provide an integrated approach to treat AUD by combining medically supervised detox along with behavioral therapy and/or counseling sessions. Basis the severity of one’s addiction and medical history, a comprehensive treatment for alcohol addiction at our specialized treatment centers may comprise detox, alternate therapies and continuing care program to help avoid relapse.
Call us at our 24/7 helpline number (855)-683-9756 for more information on our evidence-based treatment programs or to locate the nearest state-of-the-art rehab centers offering alcohol addiction treatment. You can also chat live with our addiction treatment specialists for immediate assistance.