Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan in a statement Friday said he will undergo a second rehabilitation for alcohol use, forcing him to miss the beginning of the legislative session beginning next week.

“Recently, I recognized the need to seek some additional help to overcome my battle with alcohol dependency,” Flanagan said. “This was a difficult choice, but it is the right one for myself and for my family. I must now make my health and well-being my number one priority.”

Sen. Joe Griffo, the incoming deputy minority leader, will oversee the conference during Flanagan’s absence.

“No man or woman is perfect, but it does not mean we all shouldn’t strive for continuous and daily improvement,” Flanagan said. “I will attempt to do that with every fiber in my body. I thank my friends and colleagues for their patience, for their love and for their understanding, and am very much looking forward to the upcoming legislative session. This brief period of time away is necessary for my overall well-being, but will in no way impact my ability to serve my conference or my constituents.”

Flanagan late last year was re-elected the conference leader after Republicans lost their narrow majority in the chamber on Election Day in November. Democrats will hold 39 of the 63 seats in the Senate in the new term.

Flanagan in August 2017 announced he had sought treatment after recognizing he had a dependency on alcohol.