The newspaper reported Taylor overdosed on heroin.
"I'm not going to hide from this. I'm not ashamed of what happened. I wish to sincerely apologize to the amazing people who have supported me. I don't know what went wrong. I recently relapsed after having so many solid years in sobriety. I have to figure out where I went wrong," Taylor told the Republic.
Taylor is currently a member of Safford, Arizona’s city council and founder of Desert Eagle Addiction Recovery, a nonprofit that helps veterans and others dealing with drug addiction. He has been open about his past drug abuse.
During his announcement for his run for congress, Taylor said, "The experiences that I've had with opiate addiction and being able to overcome that and inspire and help others to find that recovery as well are a source of strength," the Herald reported.
Taylor was among three Republican candidates vying for a spot on the November ballot to unseat Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran, NBC News reported.