LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Josh Guillory, mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana, admitted on Tuesday in an exclusive one-on-one interview that he was “an alcoholic.”

Admitting a self truth that landed him in rehab. Guillory and his wife, Jamie continue to present a united front.

“I just realized that I needed to get some help. So if that’s rock bottom, then I hit rock bottom.”

Knowing that the second word in Alcoholics Anonymous does not apply to him, Guillory admitted:  

“And look, I’m an alcoholic so I have two options I either drink or I don’t.”

He said his stay in rehab lasted 21 days, however a news release on July 25 announced that he had entered a facility. Then on Aug. 12, KLFY was informed that he had returned after a successful completion.

During the interview, Guillory clarified those dates saying his treatment began on July 21 and ended on Aug. 11.

“It was 21 days, started on a Thursday and ended on a Thursday, seven times three,” he said.

Guillory returns to office still facing questions about possible ethics violations from an equipment company that he and his wife own.

“This is not a company that has made any money. It is under my name and we in no certain terms are dealing with any companies involved in government contracts,” he said.

He also answered questions about the law class he teaches at UL Lafayette which he says is only two and half hours a week, and does not interfere with his daily duties.

When asked about his use of police protection and the money used to pay for that, he said:

“I didn’t create it, it was there before I got into office and I don’t think they call themselves dignitary detail anymore but I defer to the police department and the sheriff’s department, they assess risks.”

“Whoever is mayor-president in the future maybe it’s eight or ten years from now, but they’re going to have detail too, Jamie Guillory said.

Guillory added that he pays for any non-governmental activities or events.

The interview concluded with the couple’s final thoughts as they continue to deal with what has happened with an eye on the future.

“I’m a very ethical person, I’m super honest about myself and my life. My life is not perfect and that’s what I want people to take away from this,” Guillory’s wife, Jamie, said.

“Place your trust in God over government and it will work out. It’s easier said than done and I understand that,” Guillory said.