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Andrew Gillum Opens Up About Depression & Alcoholism After Rehab: “Don’t suffer in silence” (VIDEO)

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Andrew Gillum Opens Up About Depression & Alcoholism After Rehab: “Don’t suffer in silence” (VIDEO)

Former Florida Governor candidate Andrew Gillum speaks on his “journey” to self acceptance.

Via Gillum’s Instagram

Gillum shared his “personal update,” following a rehab stay for alcohol addiction. The 11-minute video Instagram video on Monday (July 20), he thanked his continued supporters and opened up in detail about his addiction treatment.

“I know its been a while since we’ve had an opportunity to connect but as many of you know I decided to take some time away to work on myself.”

“I went away to rehab to focus on my issues with alcoholism. Having grown up in a household where my father battled addiction to alcohol, and later died from complications from that deadly addiction, I know well the tole that alcohol can take not only on the individual but also on the family.”

Back in April the married father of three entered rehab after being found in a hotel room with a reported ‘friend’ who allegedly suffered a drug overdose.

Via Gillum’s Instagram

Gillum expressed therapy created a way for him to talk about repressed emotions.. He also explained about how losing the Florida governor race sent him into a very deep depression:

“I had totally underestimated the impact that losing the race for governor had had on my life, and the way those impacts started to show up in every aspect of my life.”

He continues:

“Don’t suffer in silence. Get access to the help that you need. So many of us think that we have to perpetrate this image of perfection…but the truth is nobody has it all together. That’s the big secret. All of us are struggling and trying and clawing at trying to be something else when we really ought to be trying to be at home in ourselves. That’s really the journey that I’m on right now.”

Check out the video below:

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SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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