Rob Ford: I've Used Almost All Drugs
Mayor says he's taking it one day at a time
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2014 3:25 AM CDT
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds back his emotions while speaking during an invite-only press conference at City Hall in Toronto earlier this week.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)
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(Newser) – Rob Ford is out of rehab, back in Toronto City Hall, and coming clean about his past bad behavior. In interviews with the CBC and CP24, the mayor said his drug use began long before he took office and included pretty much every "drug you can think of," including marijuana, crack cocaine, and magic mushrooms, though he says he has never taken heroin. "I had a disease for a number of years and I was ruining my life, my health was in jeopardy, my job as mayor was very hard to do," he says.

Ford blames past bad behavior, including sexist and homophobic comments, on his drinking and drug use. "I think that goes along with having this disease," he says. "You do things, you say things that just aren't you … All I can do is apologize and deal with this disease. This is an everyday battle that I'm going to have to deal with for the rest of my life." The mayor—who has been stripped of most of his powers—is running for re-election in October and he declined to say whether he will step down if he relapses. "I can only take it one day at a time," he says. "I know I didn't drink yesterday, and I haven't drank today."