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The Florida congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last year has apologized to his colleagues. 

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., expressed his remorse to House Republicans during their weekly closed-door meeting Wednesday, GOP aides tell NBC News.

According to an aide in the room, Radel said that he found a support group to deal with his recovery and that the incident brought him closer to his wife and young son. 

He received polite applause from the members in attendance, the aide added. 

Radel returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since pleading guilty to the charge of possession of cocaine in November. After appearing in court, he took a leave of absence and entered a rehab program in Florida. 

- by Frank Thorp, NBC News