Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) has checked himself into a medical facility.

The lawmaker, who has fought bouts with alcoholism and depression, issued a vague statement Friday morning saying he decided to seek treatment.

"I have decided to temporarily step away from my normal routine to ensure that I am being as vigilant as possible in my recovery," Kennedy said.

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"I hope that in some small way my decision to be proactive and public in my efforts to remain healthy can help remove the stigma that has served as a barrier for many Americans reluctant to get the help they needed," Kennedy said.

Kennedy's father, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), continues to fight brain cancer.

The younger Kennedy has previously battled bipolar disorder and an addiction to prescription drugs. He has used his experiences to become a leading advocate for mental health issues.

Further details on why the Democrat checked himself into a medical facility are unknown at this time.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com