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It hit the news today that Florida Representative Trey Radel was caught buying cocaine at the end of last month and is being charged with cocaine possession.
The charge was part of a federal investigation into a Washington DC drug ring when agents got wind from a drug dealer that the Congressman was one of his cocaine clients. The dealer then set up a buy on October 29th and Radel took the bait. Later that night FBI agents went to his apartment and detained him.
Radel now faces a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and will appear in the District of Columbia Superior Court tomorrow and may face up to 180 days in prison and a fine of $1000. In response to this charge, Radel released a statement today saying, “I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida…I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”
Many touted this story as striking a strong resemblance to the plotline of House of Cards, but we see cases like this all the time among professionals we treat at our Florida addiction rehab – the only difference is that they don’t hold public office.
Among professionals and young adults alike, the abuse of alcohol can lead to drug abuse. A common drug of choice among alcoholics is cocaine because it allows them to drink more for longer periods of time. Over time alcoholics can develop drug dependence simultaneously – whether it is needing uppers to function during the day or downers to sleep at night – so we treat alcoholism and drug addiction simultaneously.
Here at Synergy’s addiction treatment center in Florida we believe in complete abstinence because over time drugs and alcohol have the same effect and addiction doesn’t become confined to just one addictive substance. The saying that “your drug dealer’s phone number is at the bottom of a beer” means that people’s inhibitions surrounding drugs seem to dissipate once they consume alcohol – and this certainly seems to have been the case with Radel. Fortunately he recognizes he needs help; “This unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”