MP Seamus O’Regan says he’s ‘40 days alcohol-free’ and returning to work
Seamus O’Regan, the Liberal MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl who entered a wellness program for an alcohol problem in December announced on social media Monday he’s been sober for 40 days and is “reporting back for duty” in Ottawa.
To all those who wrote and called with their well wishes – Thank You. As of today, I am reporting back for duty. https://t.co/SUWGfnb2AH
— Seamus O’Regan (@SeamusORegan) January 18, 2016
O’Regan said in a Facebook post he had undergone hours of counselling since entering a Toronto treatment facility on Dec. 11 after finishing his work on Parliament Hill.
“Over the last year or two, alcohol was becoming a part of my daily life. I regularly had several drinks at the end of most days. Sometimes more than several drinks,” he wrote.
“I was still working effectively and competently, but I realized, over time, that being competent was not good enough. I was far from my best self. And the simple truth is that I owe my best self to my marriage, to my family, to my friends, and to my constituents.”
Welcome back and happy birthday, Seamus. We’re with you. https://t.co/E2j9JpSqOw
— Liberal Party (@liberal_party) January 18, 2016
He added that he was at the facility until just a few days ago.
“I have spent the last 40 days alcohol-free. I have had the benefit of many hours of counseling, meditation and acquiring the tools to remain alcohol-free,” he wrote.
O’Regan thanked all those who called or wrote to support him over the last few weeks.
“I have dealt with my personal challenges and I shall continue to do so. But, ultimately, my personal challenges are secondary to the needs of my constituents,” he wrote.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his support when O’Regan announced that he was seeking help over the holiday break.
The House of Commons will resume sitting on Jan. 25.
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