Congressman Back to Work

Tulsa, OK – Sullivan returns to D.C. after rehab stint

TULSA, Okla. (AP) U.S. Rep. John Sullivan is returning to Washington after a one-month stay in a California treatment center for alcohol addiction and says he plans to seek another term in office.

Sullivan, R-Okla., told the Tulsa World's Washington bureau his surprise announcement in late May to seek treatment for his drinking was not triggered by a single incident.

The 44-year-old Republican says he experienced "one of those moments of just clarity" that people with addictions have.

The self-described alcoholic says he sought treatment because of the impact his drinking was having on his family.

Sullivan says he made his decision to enter the Betty Ford Center in California in the middle of the Memorial Day congressional recess in late May.


Information from: Tulsa World,

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