The first step, they say, is admitting there is a problem.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took that step late Wednesday evening as new reports of drug allegations came to light.
The Globe and Mail obtained photo stills
from a video, purportedly shot on Saturday, that shows Ford once again smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
This past November, Ford admitted to smoking crack
in an impromptu press conference after first denying prior claims
of illegal drug use last spring.
Just hours after being confronted with the new video, CNN reports
, Ford decided to take a break from his reelection campaign to seek professional help for “alcohol abuse.”
As part of a statement released by Ford
, he says:
It's not easy to be vulnerable, and this is one of the most difficult times in my life.
I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time.…
Today, after taking some time to think about my own well-being, how to best serve the people of Toronto and what is in the best interests of my family, I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from my duties as mayor to seek immediate help.
According to Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris, the mayor’s leave of absence begins immediately.