Rob Ford: Rehab 'Staff Saved My Life'

The Toronto mayor speaks for the first time since leaving drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
19:32 | 06/30/14

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Out of rehab and back on the job at least what's left of his job -- troubled mayor rob Ford this morning drove out of an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center. Where he has spent since the beginning of may he headed directly to Toronto to resume his official duties of office as mayor though most of those powers. Have been taken away by the City Council. Over went on Devin -- New York gets Toronto mayor -- Ford's first press conference let's check -- out of rehab. He's just taken the podium naturally this precedent creating a bit of stir of its own basically. Because it's by invitation only -- in most major media groups on the outside. Even a handpicked few on the inside are not allowed to ask any questions -- now live to the podium and Toronto mayor rob forward. Good afternoon everyone. I stand before you. Today. Having completed two months. Of intensive. Rehab therapy. Greens -- residential. Addiction facility. For a long long time. I resisted the idea of getting help. -- but a lot of people. Dealing with a substance abuse. And I was in complete denial. I had convinced myself. But it did not solve the problem. But it was shoot. It became obvious. That -- alcohol. And drug use. -- having a serious. Serious impact. When my family. In only hell. No my. -- -- -- After experiencing. Some of the darkest moments. In my life. I decided. That enough. It was you know. I had to come. My own worst enemy. -- knew it was time to take action. It was time. To get help. Professional well. This -- decision. That will change. My life forever. -- -- I worked. With a professional team. -- very -- Doctors. Nurses. Counselors. And the best trainer. Anyone could ask for. I underwent hundreds. Of hours. -- -- -- I know no. I don't know the -- the -- don't. Saved my life. He forced me. To confront my personal demons. Exerted. A boat things they triggers. And what happens. When you love. Uncontrollable. Cravings but. I learned. But my addiction. It's really. But Aziz. A chronic. Medical condition. -- require treatment. I also learned. -- are not alone. Fighting this. Chronicle medical. Condition. -- -- -- But this disease such as. Many lives. It affects people. From all -- -- And we almost someone. Who has suffered. From this terrible disease. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- others. Who -- mean. -- struggled with the impacts. Other substance abuse. For years. Listening to their stories. -- -- -- -- And helping deal was by no mistakes. Thanks to my treatment. Thanks to my treatment. I can probably see today. But I have begun the process. Of speaking. Control. Of my life. But folks. This is -- wall. Long road to recovery. No matter what you. No matter. What I do. Never -- of the change. This mistakes. And it made. In the past. I look back. Some of the things -- sent. So many things. When it was you -- I am ashamed. Bears. And he really. And what's wrong. And I have no what you. No -- what it. But myself. I want to sincerely. -- -- -- -- Not just to the people Toronto. But every single person. -- was -- my words. And my actions. It was never. Never -- -- that embarrassed the city. Or offend. My fellow members of council. -- -- -- deeply regret. Some of the personal choices. I don't meet in the past. I now realize. It was -- the dangers. Some of the company I kept. And those associations. -- -- A commitment to living being. Now unwavering. The people. This great city. The one offered. A public apology. It is -- judgment. Take full responsibility. For my actions. Please don't. I accepted that in my position. -- -- To a -- standard. My failing. To all those who step -- bargaining. During these extremely difficult times. I want to thank you. For giving me. Another chance. -- -- -- Especially particular instance. For -- purple. And degrading remarks. I offer. But deep felt call -- For my behavior. The media. Want to thank you. I want to thank the media. For giving me. And the residence. -- -- The privacy. We needed. But -- not. I am not asking you for forgiveness. I accept full. Responsibility. What -- done. Thankfully. Thankfully. We live. In the civilized society. -- society. There realizes. That people. Do make mistakes. And not so people. And those. -- -- Well. -- be given. -- another chance. Substance abuse. So very. Very. Difficult thing. Over. But I will keep. I will keep battling this disease. For the rest of my life. -- will continue to receive. Ongoing professional treatment. For much substance. Abuse follow. I am determined. -- -- absolutely determined. To make myself. The best person and I can be. For my family. For the people. -- With your support. And with your support. I'm also resolved to continue. To work harder than ever. For the taxpayers. Of this great city. -- you know. It's just beginning. But my personal -- And friends. -- -- -- result. -- -- -- Has not changed. We. Accomplished. A lot together -- result there. When I was -- when I was first elected. In 2010. I promised to stop the gravy train. Not exactly. What -- done. -- -- We move. Moved away. From the tax and -- ways. Of the past. And changed. The culture. But city hall and and reduce the size and cost the government. And we probably saved taxpayers. Hundreds. The millions. Of dollars. We've made for TTC. An essential service. And we contract -- garbage. Saving you eighty million dollars. -- improving. Service delivery. I'm keeping. City of trouble. Accountable to you. The hard working. Every day taxpayer. Many said. Many said. I could not work. But the unions. Well folks. -- proved them wrong. By achieving distort labor deals. -- That are fair -- that our spare. And fair for Frontline workers. And most importantly. Most importantly. We brought. All three levels of government together. To both new subways. For the fantastic people. -- -- -- Along. We have -- a long way. Despite my personal -- And I'm extremely. Proud. Of my public record. -- economy. Is booming. We are creating jobs. And building. Our city. We a beautiful. Clean. Safe. City. That was one of the greatest places in the world. -- -- And new business. But this year. But there is still much much more to accomplish. I plan. And to continue fighting. For the taxpayers. Of Toronto. Every. Single. Day. But over the coming months. But over the coming months friends. -- -- hurting. -- We'll be rebuilding trust. Rebuilding trust. With the public. And my fellow members of council. A team. A gain. Of one affect. I sincerely want to thank. The amazing stuff. Agrees the for giving me the power to change. My life. That when I think the people. -- For their understanding. And continued support. During this period. -- -- -- -- -- -- look forward to serving you. For many. Many more years. Thank you very much. Basically. -- -- You've been watching Toronto mayor rob Ford fresh out of a drug rehab facility where -- spent the last two months saying he's become. Had become his own worst enemy and that his decision to seek help it changed his life. Therefore -- -- said he had spent hundreds of hours and intensive therapy said. That that therapy helped them to get some of his demons under control he expects he told us there to receive treatment for the rest of his life. -- process he said is taking control of his life. -- offered an apology to people as he begins his reelection campaign. He also apologized and media you can follow this story in real time by downloading -- ABC news -- On your iPhone -- iPad devices star the -- story for exclusive updates on the go. For now on Devin -- New York thanks so much for watching.

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