Colorado Senator Faith Winter Seeks Treatment for Alcohol Use, Entering Rehab
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Colorado Senator Faith Winter Seeks Treatment for Alcohol Use, Entering Rehab

Senator Faith Winter from Westminster, Colorado, is taking steps to address her struggles with alcohol use by checking into a rehab facility, as confirmed by multiple sources.

Winter, who is serving her final term in the state Senate, has faced various health challenges over the past year, including an auto-immune disorder and a traumatic brain injury sustained in a bicycle accident. Concerns regarding her well-being were heightened after an incident in the state Senate where she reportedly fell multiple times, leading some colleagues and Capitol observers to speculate about potential alcohol use.

During a recent Northglenn City Council meeting, where Winter participated in discussions about a Mental Health Transitional Living Home, observers noted behavior suggestive of intoxication. Witnesses also raised concerns about her ability to drive home after the meeting, prompting Northglenn police to intervene and ensure she found alternative transportation.

In response to the incident, Winter issued a statement expressing regret for her behavior and acknowledging her mistake. She took full responsibility for her actions and announced her commitment to seeking treatment for her substance abuse disorder. Winter also stepped down from her position as chair of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee to prioritize her health.

Despite being a prominent figure in the state Senate, known for advocating progressive legislation on family and medical leave and transportation, Winter’s health issues have prompted her to temporarily step back from her duties. She has been excused from Senate sessions, including the recent debate on the state budget.

Winter’s decision to seek treatment comes after ongoing rumors about her alcohol use, reflecting a challenging period for the senator both personally and professionally.

The Denver Gazette’s Carol McKinley contributed to this report.

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