John Sweeney with his then-wife Gaia in 2006. (Tim Roske/AP)

“I lost the one centerpiece of my identity, then everything spiraled down at an accelerated pace.”

— John Sweeney, former congressman from New York, on how his alcoholism took over after he lost his 2006 reelection, leading to two DWIs in two years. He told the Saratogian newspaper he’s been sober almost two years.