MIAMI — Andrew Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor who was the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida in 2018, announced on Sunday night that he is going into rehab.
Mr. Gillum, who narrowly lost the governor’s race and went on to become a prominent television commentator, said in a statement that he would seek treatment for alcoholism.
Mr. Gillum was found in a Miami Beach hotel room last week when paramedics were called in to help another man who was suffering from a possible drug overdose.
“This has been a wake-up call for me,” Mr. Gillum said. “Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse.”
The police found three small plastic bags of what appeared to be crystal meth in the room at the Mondrian Hotel in Miami’s South Beach. Mr. Gillum denied any methamphetamine use and said he was in town for a friend’s wedding.
Police officers, who found him vomiting in the bathroom, said they were unable to question him “due to his inebriated state,” according to an incident report filed by the Miami Beach Police Department.
Mr. Gillum apologized to his family, friends “and the people of Florida who have supported me and put their faith in me over the years.”
“I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated,” he said. “I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more compete person.”
Since the 2018 election, Mr. Gillum has been a commentator for CNN and leads a Florida voter registration organization.