Toronto mayor Ford finds rehab 'amazing,' paper reports
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[May 08, 2014]
— Toronto Mayor Rob Ford,
who said last month he would take time off to get treatment for an
alcohol problem, described rehab as "amazing" and said he would
return in time for the upcoming city election, a Toronto newspaper
reported on Wednesday.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Ford said
going into treatment was the "best decision" he has ever made.
"I feel great," Ford said. "Rehab is amazing. It reminds me of
football camp. Kind of like the Washington Redskins camp I went to
as a kid."
He didn't name the treatment center or say where it was located.
Ford gained global notoriety last year after he admitted he had
smoked crack, bought illegal drugs and driven after drinking, but
refused to step down or seek treatment.
The mayor took a leave of absence from his job and re-election
campaign last week after the Globe and Mail newspaper reported that
a new video showed Ford using what appeared to be drugs.
Ford's exact whereabouts were not known after media reports last
week said Ford withdrew an application to enter the United States
after landing in Chicago.
His decision to seek treatment comes after months of denials that he
has a substance-abuse problem and nearly a year after media reports
surfaced about Ford appearing in a video smoking crack cocaine.
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Ford told the paper he would be on the ballot for mayor in
October and predicted he would do well, though he didn't say when
exactly he would return.
"Of course, I am coming back and I am going to kick butt," he said.
"There will be no need to clean out my office because I am coming
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson and
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