Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, admits that he smoked crack cocaine
while in office.
The reigning mayor, who says he has nothing left to hide, held a press conference to tell the people of Toronto that he loves his job, he loves helping the people of Toronto, and he wants to continue serving his city. Ford does not believe he has a problem with drugs, namely crack cocaine, even though he has been seen using the drug, and certainly has a problem with alcohol.
Mayor Ford has been caught on tape smoking crack once and being intoxicated in public several times. He was also caught reading while driving on the highway at speeds of 40 and 50 miles per hour, causing people to question his decision making.
Press Conference to Address Claims Against Him
In his words, “With today’s announcement I know I embarrassed everyone in the city and I will be forever sorry. There is only one person to blame for this and that is myself. I know admitting my mistake was the right thing to do and I feel like a thousand pounds have been lifted off my shoulders. I want to be clear, I want to be crystal clear to every single person: these mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again.”
The problem with addiction and alcoholism though is that the person in the throes of substance abuse cannot accurately identify the severity of his or her own problem. Mayor Ford may not be seeing his own situation clearly, and is fighting to keep his job that so his drug use has not lost him the position he loves.
The people of Toronto and Canadian Councillors have spoken, saying that this set of incidences is an embarrassment to the city of Toronto.
Councillor John Filion expressed his concern, saying, “We all have reasons why we behave the way we do. On a personal level, I feel very badly for the mayor. When I say I hope he steps aside and gets his life in order, I mean that sincerely.”
It is certainly difficult to watch someone destroy his life with substances, but it is now up to Ford to get the help he needs without any further negative implications for the people of Toronto.
The Five Components of Addiction
Mayor Ford’s job is in jeopardy. He is receiving heavy criticism and it can be assumed that his relationships are currently strained. He admitted that he kept his substance use from his brother, Doug, even though the two are close, so who else has Ford been dishonest with about his behaviors and choices? How is his brother reacting? What does the rest of his family think? Will he lose his job, and has he stopped drinking and using?
What happens when drug abuse and alcohol use has reached a certain point, regardless of job title, financial means or any other external criteria is:
- Loss of control over use
- Obsession over use
- Continuing to drink and use despite negative life consequences
- Denial of any substance problem
- A powerful tendency to relapse, even after great efforts to stop using have been made
Rob Ford seems engaged in denial and continued use despite negative life consequences. Has he also lost control over alcohol and possible crack cocaine use? Is he obsessed with drinking, or the thought of drinking and using other drugs? It seems Mayor Ford does not see a problem with his levels of alcohol consumption, so he continues to drink.
Denial is powerful, and may be keeping this man sick. People deep into substance abuse, progressing to the point of addiction, find it very difficult to admit a problem with drugs and alcohol.
Alcoholism and Addiction
These two diseases are equal-opportunity illnesses. What that means, and what we see in the case of Mayor Rob Ford, is that alcoholism and addiction can affect anyone, from any walk of life, at any time, any where. Addiction is progressive, meaning once physical and psychological dependence have occurred, the disease will only get worse when left untreated.
To stop an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, intervention is needed. A person needs to understand that professional help is required to ever improve and make different choices, and a commitment to staying abstinent from all mind-altering substances must be made.
At Sovereign Health Group of California, the treatment team is ready to address all components of your addiction, or the addiction of someone you love. Traditional forms of therapeutic intervention are used, along with holistic approaches to treatment proven effective for mind, body, and soul healing.
Contact Sovereign Health Group now to get started and change your life!
Blog Post By: Jared Friedman