Trey Radel

Southwest Florida Representative Trey Radel Resigns

Republican representative Trey Radel of Florida resigned from Congress. He pleaded guilty in November for buying cocaine from an undercover policeman.

Radel wrote to Speaker John N. Boehner of Ohio about his “personal struggles.” He wrote, “while I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.”

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While being arrested, he mentioned he struggled “with the disease of alcoholism.” He took a leave of absence to “focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family.” After returning to the House of Representatives, members from his own party wanted him to step aside. He refused at first and said “no one will take away my passion when it comes to serving southwest Florida.”

In the end, he decided to step down. Paige Kreegel, a former state representative supported his decision. He said, “I know in the last several months have been trying for Trey and his family. But today, he did the right thing for the people he represents and provided all of us a chance to move forward without the distractions of the past. The people of Southwest Florida deserve principled, conservative leadership.”

Drugs and alcohol effect everyone from every walk of life. Addiction can take away everything a person loves, but help is out there. Here at Synergy’s addiction treatment center, we treat drug addiction as well as alcoholism. It’s never too late to start a journey to recovery.

Congressman Trey Radel’s Cocaine Arrest

Trey Radel Cocaine Arrest
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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.”

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