There has been a lot in the news lately about Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his exploits involving drug abuse, other outbursts, and shady situations more than questionable for a state official. Now Rob Ford states publicly that he suffers from the disease of addiction, that cannot be cured, and that is what produced those actions and outbursts in the past. However mayor Ford will not go as far as to disclose if he intends to resign given that he falls off the wagon and becomes actively belligerent again.
Interviews with Ford
After seven weeks at the GreeneStone rehabilitation facility in Muskoka, mayor Ford agreed to participate in interviews for a few local news stations to discuss the circumstances, and where he was with his plan of action and treatment. The public official remained vague on any details in both interviews. He blamed the controversies and scandals of the recent past, including his racist, homophobic and misogynistic slurs, on his struggle with alcohol and drug abuse. When reporters inquired further about the racist and homophobic remarks, Ford said he couldn’t imagine using the kind of terminology he was accused of, but he also claimed that having an addiction means “you say things, do things that aren’t you.”
Ford told Dwight Drummond, who reported for CBS News, that while he did drink at City Hall, he never used drugs in his office. The mayor also admitted that he was smoking crack in the video released back in May 2014. The mayor had taken a temporary leave of absence a short time after that story initially hit headlines. During the interview when Drummond listed a number of different drugs that Ford may have tried, from marijuana to heroin, Ford said “you name it.” But later on in another interview he denied ever having used heroin.
One Day at a Time
The infamous Ford played his hand close to the chest in both interviews in regards to the current legal problems he is facing, and kept very short about why he still has not met with police to assist in the investigation pertaining to both him and the associates the mayor now claims are out of his life. Ford told Drummond during their interview he “absolutely” understands why citizens want him to speak with the authorities but Dennis Morris, who is acting as his attorney at this time, has advised him not to.
Drummond went on to repeatedly asked if Ford will resign if he is found to be abusing drugs or alcohol in the future, but Toronto’s mayor suggested he isn’t thinking that far ahead.
“I know I didn’t drink yesterday. I know I haven’t drank today,” he said. “I’m taking it one day at a time.” So it seems that the Toronto mayor has some of the jargon down as far as a program of recovery is concerned.
Some believe that the Toronto mayor is using his addiction issues as an avenue to avoid questions about his administration or policies. During the interview when asked about whether he will attend Pride festivities next year, he used the issue of his struggle with drugs and alcohol to deflect having to answer directly. He was asked point blank if he will attend the event next year if he is re-elected in October. He stuck to his guns with, “One day at a time.”
Getting Honest about Addiction
Mayor Rob ford does admit that he has had quite a run with several different substances. It is understandable for any addict to see where this logic is helpful in the recovery process, because at least it shows his understanding of the nature of the disease of addiction. Any substance is a threat, not just the one you get caught using or in the most trouble for. When asked about which drugs he was using Rob Ford responded,
“Every drug that you can think of, probably. Marijuana. Mushrooms. Everything you can think of,” he said. Again, when asked directly if that included using heroin Ford said no.
Ford told reporters he isn’t cured of his addiction after just 60 days in treatment. That again for anyone who is familiar with recovery and addiction is a good sign in itself, because it shows that the mayor does not consider he would able to walk out of rehab and be able to drink and use successfully. Ford says he has no fear that the stress of being mayor triggers what he calls “uncontrollable cravings” and he suggests that “keeping busy” will help keep him on the straight and narrow. This is a little more troubling, but as long as ‘keeping busy’ includes some kind of program of action, there is a possibility for recovery.
“I was born with blond hair, I’m going to die with blond hair,” he said. “I was born an alcoholic, I’m going to die an alcoholic.” So in many ways it seems Rob Ford is educating himself in the characteristics and symptoms of addiction and alcoholism, but some are worried that for the time being he will be using his addiction as a crutch to hold up his office while not really addressing any issues honestly. For now it may just have to be progress, not perfection for this politician.
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As we say goodbye to the year 2013 and look forward to year 2014, we find ourselves looking back on all the good and bad times that have passed. 2013 was definitely a year full of a lot of different hot messes, especially with celebrities. I did my research and thought about the top 10 hottest messes of 2013.
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Rob Ford
Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, admitted after months of denial that he had smoked crack. He apologized promptly afterwards and then continued to say that he is staying on as mayor and doesn’t plan on leaving. Members of Toronto’s City Council asked Ford to take a leave of absence. He insisted that he doesn’t have a problem and isn’t an addict.
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus definitely caught a lot of attention after her performance at the VMA’s this year. She was grinding and ‘twerking’ onstage and making obscene facial expressions with her tongue. Another child star turned not-so-innocent. I know they want to be seen as grown-ups and all, but is that really the way to do it?
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has been in the public eye with addiction issues for years now. This past year she went to rehab for her 6th time. She has been in an out of sobriety and trying to get sober for years now, let’s hope that this time she finally gets it.
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber had an eventful 2013 with numerous different scandals. He was in the tabloids for speeding, smoking marijuana, spitting on his neighbor and even sleeping with a girl in another country. Hopefully the Biebs gets his stuff together and doesn’t turn into a bigger mess like other stars have.
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin’s show was pulled from TV due to a homophobia scandal. He was caught on tape screaming at photographers and has since made a public apology for his behavior. He said he didn’t intend on hurting anyone’s feelings and is sorry if he did.
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Phil Robertson
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty recently had his show on A&E suspended for comments he had made to GQ regarding homosexuality. Unlike Baldwin, Robertson defended his opinion as opposed to apologizing for it.
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough thought that dressing as crazy eyes from the hit Netflix TV show ‘Orange is the New Black’ would be a good Halloween costume this year. She went as far as painting her face black, also. This cause a lot of controversy and the star apologized for this.
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Farrah Abraham
Farrah Abraham from Teen Mom had tabloids floating around about her DUI and sex tape this year. She released a sex tape with a notorious adult film star named James Deen. I get that any publicity is good publicity, but why has a sex tape become so common?
The 10 Hottest Messes of 2013: Kim Kardashian
And last but not least, Kim Kardashians choice of maternity clothes in 2013 was a nightmare. She was seen wearing shoes that pretty much cut off circulation to her feet and an outfit on the red carpet that appeared to be a floral pattern like you would see on furniture or curtains. She might need a new stylist for the next time she decides to have a child because these outfits just didn’t work for her at all.
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Cries of “shame” rose up as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford walked up to the podium to honor war veterans. One World War II veteran refused to shake his hand, calling him a “druggie.” Unfazed, Ford declared moments later, “I’m not going anywhere,” as calls to take a leave of absence swirl around the embattled mayor. The next day, he was signing bobblehead dolls of himself at City Hall to raise money for charity.
After months of denials, Ford admitted last week that he had smoked crack, probably in one of his “drunken stupors.” The first admission came outside his office to reporters; he later held a news conference in which he apologized, and said he knew that he “embarrassed everyone in the city” and “let you down.”
Then he promptly vowed to stay on, saying he would leave it up to the voters of Toronto to decide—a year from now—whether he should keep his job. “For the sake of the taxpayers of this great city, for the sake of the taxpayers, we must get back to work immediately,” he said during the news conference. “We must keep Toronto moving forward. I was elected to do a job and that’s exactly what I’m going to continue doing.”
The admission came months after the Toronto Star and Gawker.com first reported in May about a video that appeared to show Ford smoking crack. Since then, he has denied the video’s existence and said “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict.” Even as late as Monday, he said “I can assure you … I do not use drugs, I drink.”
Ford continued to insist that he doesn’t have an addiction when he was asked if he would be able to recognize the signs of addiction.
“If I am an addict I could not show up to work every single day and you know I cannot miss work,” he said.
So many misconceptions here on the part of the good mayor. Firstly, he clearly regards alcohol as different from other drugs, which could not be further from the truth. Alcohol is as dangerous as other drugs, perhaps even more so. A 2010 study published in the medical journal Lancet evaluated substances that included alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole. Overall, alcohol outranked all other substances, followed by heroin and crack cocaine. Marijuana, ecstasy and LSD scored far lower.
Secondly, Ford obviously buys into the stereotype of the unemployed, homeless addict, stating that he could not possibly be an addict while still showing up for work. However, over 70% of people with addictions are employed and live with their families. Addiction is a progressive disease that impacts all aspects of a person’s life. If left untreated, it may eventually impact a person’s career and family.
Clearly, Mayor Ford’s alcohol and drug use is already impacting his career. Ford has apologized for his bad behavior but his refusal to resign or take a leave of absence has frustrated both his opponents and allies on Toronto’s City Council, which has no legal way to force him out unless he is convicted of a crime. Allies and opponents alike agree that a stream of revelations of the mayor’s erratic behavior has consumed Toronto’s politics and has impacted the City Council’s ability to tackle other challenges.
Here are just a few things Rob Ford has done while drunk:
Threatened to kill somebody and “rip his f—ing throat out”.
Was so obnoxious he was asked to leave a military ball.
Got “a little out of control” during 2012’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Driven at least once.
Caused a major disturbance at a Toronto Maple Leafs game.
Disrupted the Taste of Danforth Festival.
With no clear legal path to force him out, the 44-member City Council is grasping for ways to shunt the larger-than-life leader aside and govern without him until next year’s municipal elections.
Today, almost every member of Toronto’s City Council has stood up and asked Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence.
“Together we stand to ask you to step aside and take a leave of absence,” Councilor Jaye Robinson said, reading open letter to Ford in City Council.
The council voted 41-2 to accept the letter Wednesday, with the embattled mayor casting one of the opposing votes.
The petition is largely symbolic, as they have no real power to oust Ford from office. If Ford refuses, former Ford ally Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, is expected to add a condition to the motion, asking council to petition the province to intervene.
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