Who knew battling the demons of addiction could be so easy? “Rehab is amazing” – a lot like football camp, according to Mayor Rob Ford.
Between therapy sessions at an undisclosed location, Toronto’s disgraced chief executive has been working the phones, talking to his brother Councillor Doug Ford, to constituents, and into the sympathetic ear of Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warmington.
It’s courtesy of Warmington that we have Ford’s assessment of life in rehab (“I feel great”), and his plans for the future (“I am coming back and I am going to kick butt”).
That may or may not happen, but this much is certain: successfully beating a deep-seated drug and alcohol problem is no romp at summer camp. And Ford’s practice of making calls from rehab doesn’t send an encouraging signal about his dedication to reform.
There is even concern in some quarters that there’s no solid proof the mayor actually is in rehab. Neither his brother nor Ford’s lawyer will say where he is staying. And there have been some alleged Rob Ford sightings around Toronto.
Frankly, despite this administration’s long record of misrepresentation and outright falsehood, it’s scarcely conceivable that the Fords are lying about the mayor being in treatment. If so, it would be their most damning fabrication to date.
The real concern isn’t that Ford is skipping rehab, but that he’s wasting his time there. The mayor’s breezy perspective on therapy is reminiscent of his attitude last year when he insisted he wasn’t an addict, didn’t have a drug problem, and that what he really needed to do was lose some weight. We all know how that turned out.
Wherever Ford is, instead of taking calls and dwelling on city business he should focus laser-like on getting better. Anything else just sets him up to fail.
Rob Ford isn’t taking rehab seriously