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Rep. Kennedy takes drug recovery `one day at a time'

Rep. Kennedy takes drug recovery `one day at a time'

Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he is tackling his prescription drug addiction one day at a time, a year after crashing his car into a barricade near Congress in the middle of the night.
In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, the 39-year-old son of Sen. Edward Kennedy said he has been more vigilant about reducing stress and reaching out to friends and colleagues for support.
"I'm much more aware of the stresses in my life and minimize it where possible and connect with people whenever I do have it, so I have social support systems there when I need them," said Kennedy, a Democrat now in his seventh term.
Kennedy crashed his 1997 Ford Mustang convertible into a security barrier on May 4, 2006. He agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors on a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
"Recovery is a day-to-day thing," Kennedy said. "I just take it _ you know, life _ as they say to take it, one day at a time."
The congressman has battled addiction since high school. He said his struggles to recover from depression, alcoholism and substance abuse have made him a more passionate advocate for improved mental health care coverage.


Updated : 2021-03-05 15:56 GMT+08:00