COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Trey Radel arrived at Hazelden, a rehabilitation center in Naples, just after 4:00 p.m.
In a statement released by Radel's press secretary, he said, "Today, I checked myself into a facility to seek treatment and counseling. It is my hope, through this process, I will come out a better man. I will work hard to gain back the trust and support of my constituents, friends and most importantly, my family."
Radel's wife, Amy Wegmann Radel, released a statement to the press just moments before, saying, "The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming. Your positive, uplifting encouragement is helping us get through this difficult time. While this has been heartbreaking, I am proud to watch my husband, Trey, get the help he needs. When we married, we took vows to remain together in good times and bad, in sickness and health. I know that brighter days are ahead for my husband, our family and our beloved home of Southwest Florida. I ask you to please respect my privacy as we try to heal as a family, most especially for our 2-year-old."
Radel pled guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession in Washington, D.C., and was sentenced to one year of probation.
"I've hit a bottom where I realize I need help," Radel told a judge, acknowledging that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer.
Radel is a former WINK-TV news anchor and conservative talk show host on 92.5 Fox News Radio in Fort Myers.