WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick announced Wednesday that she will take a leave of absence from her office to seek treatment for her alcohol addiction.
"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," Kirkpatrick, an Arizona Democrat, said in a statement.
Kirkpatrick said she had a fall last week and added that with physical therapy she will fully recover.
"I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence," she said.
Kirkpatrick said that her offices in Washington and Arizona will remain fully operational for constituent services and that she will submit her recorded vote positions to the Congressional Record.
The congresswoman is in her first term representing the Tucson-area 2nd District. She previously represented the 1st District in northern and eastern Arizona for three terms.
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