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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.”

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