There’s more at his electoral website.
“In December of 1987, after losing three friends to alcohol and drug related deaths that year, I called several detox centers and rehabs looking for help. At 32 years old, I felt like I was dying as well. Usually my calls were met with the typical response “we have no beds” “no rooms” “over booked” “there’s a waiting list’ or questions regarding insurance.
“Fortunately I called Cahill III at the Cambridge City Hospital and said to the gentleman who answered the phone “I need help.” His response was immediate and changed my life, “you called the right place.” I spent 7 days including Christmas at Cahill III. Got out, prayed a lot, moved to NY to focus on stand up comedy and sobriety. A year later to the week, December 15th 1988, I appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The other guest was Bob Hope. I believe in miracles.
“I am entering politics in the midst of our current national and local substance abuse crisis in large part to ensure that whenever anyone in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts makes a call for help the answer will always be ‘you called the right place.'”