Shalom Life | August 02, 2015

Dr. Drew Insists Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Needs Intervention

The addiction specialist and ‘Celebrity Rehab’ host says Mayor Ford has “a rather significant alcohol problem.”

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: November 6th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News

Dr. Drew Insists Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Needs Intervention

Toronto is currently in a state of shock. After months of denial, Mayor Rob Ford has admitted to using crack cocaine, justifying his actions by claiming he was “in a drunken stupor.”

While Toronto residents, City Hall, journalists, and his family and friends deal with the revelation, addiction specialist and ‘Celebrity Rehab’ host, Drew Pinsky (aka Dr. Drew), insists that it’s time Ford received professional help.

“This poor gentlemen has rather significant alcoholism,” Dr Drew said, according to Global News.

“He doesn’t deserve to be maligned. He deserves the opportunity to go get help and take care of his medical condition, not work for awhile — probably a month or so — and really get with this and get going.”

Dr. Drew has not had the opportunity to meet Mayor Ford in person. He is basing all of his professional views on television and radio coverage, interviews, and Ford’s own statements.

“He was drinking sufficiently to be in a stupor, which is not a normal relationship with alcohol… He’s drinking sufficiently to have consequences — work consequences, probably relationship consequences, probably medical consequences. You only need to have consequence in one of those spheres to meet criteria for alcoholism,” Dr. Drew continued.

Dr. Drew notes that it’s unlikely that Mayor Ford has only smoked crack cocaine once, as it’s “not a drug of recreation” and points out that Ford’s “obfuscation” is very typical behaviour of an addict.

“The obfuscation he’s maintaining is almost funny… What addicts always do when they’re not lying, they’re obfuscating. Denial is a defining feature of this condition.”

“To say ‘I was a stuporous drunk but I’m not an addict’ is a nonsensical phrase.”

Dr. Drew insists that the people of Toronto and those in his close circle stop harping on the small details about the specific substances he’s using, and instead come together to get help for Ford.

“It shouldn’t concern you. What should concern you is he’s doing enough to need an opportunity to go get help. Don’t worry about the specifics.”

“I’m sure he’s in a lot of pain…I’m sure when he starts to look at the wreckage that his condition has caused it’s going to hurt even more.”

“Families know long before the identified addict or alcohol believes their family knows. By the time they come clean to their family, the family knew a long time ago that there’s an issue…Let’s everybody go to Al-Anon and let’s get an intervention on this poor man and let’s get him put back together.”

Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard TrendingWATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama WATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama TrendingWATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years WATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years Trending
 

Anti-Violence Rallies Taking Place Across Israel Today

August 01, 2015 | By Noam 'Dabul' Dvir, Roi Yanovsky, Ahiya Raved, and Gilad Morag
Anti-Violence Rallies Taking Place Across Israel Today

Following two blood-soaked days, in which a Palestinian infant was killed and his parents and sibling were critically wounded in a fire and six people were hurt in a stabbing at Jerusalem's gay pride parade, thousands are expected to protest in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa

Read More

Report: 53% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in the UK

August 01, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Report: 53% Rise in Anti-Semitic Incidents in the UK

Government officials are speaking out against anti-Semitism after new report finds rapid increase in anti-Semitic incidents

Read More

Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard

August 01, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard

The American jailed for passing sensitive information to Israel will have his story adapted for the big screen

Read More

Over 100 Jewish Gravestones Toppled in Philadelphia

August 01, 2015 | By Maria Cruz
Over 100 Jewish Gravestones Toppled in Philadelphia

Some of the headstones date back 160 years

Read More

Woody Allen Speaks Out About Netanyahu

August 01, 2015 | By Maria Cruz
Woody Allen Speaks Out About Netanyahu

The director thinks the Prime Minister's decision on Iran deal could be "foolish"

Read More

WATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama

July 30, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
WATCH: Jon Stewart Addresses Uproar over his "Secret" Meeting with President Obama

"Something is not a secret just because you don't know about it"

Read More

Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell

July 30, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Canadian Couple: Killing Young Jews Will Save Them from Hell

The couple, convicted of trying to bomb the British Columbia Legislature, hoped to save Jews from growing up and going to "eternal hell"

Read More

WATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years

July 30, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
WATCH: Viral Video of Israeli Father Shaving his Beard for First Time in 14 Years

People are going crazy for this family's reaction to a man named Mooki shaving his beard

Read More

More Headlines