The office of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., released a statement from his physician on Wednesday afternoon denying rumors about him being treated for alcohol or substance abuse. But the doctor's statement said that Jackson is “receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder,” the Wall Street Journal and other media organizations report.
The physician's statement notes that information about Jackson’s treatment is “protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act."
NBC News' Andrea Mitchell reported on Wednesday that Jackson was being treated for alcoholism at an Arizona rehabilitation center.
Jackson, the eldest son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, has been absent from Congress since early June. Party leaders have been increasingly pressed to explain his whereabouts.