Rob Ford "Taking a Break" from Crack Use
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Rob Ford “Taking a Break” from Crack Use

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rob ford crackDon’t you hate it when you are in the middle of a re-election campaign and some loogin records you high on crack going off about a political opponent that you kinda wanna bang? That’s what Toronto’s favorite base head Mayor, Rob Ford, is up against now; making his second round of public promises to get his act together after he was caught acting like anything other than a mayoral candidate for re-election at a bar on Monday night. An audio recording of Ford ranting has been released and he can be heard saying he should “f**king jam” a female political opponent (cause that’ll show her!). And if you call now, we will include screenshots of a video of Ford smoking crack in his sister’s basement, absolutely free. Call now.

Caught In the Act

The video might not have been so bad if Ford wasn’t conspicuously holding—and allegedly hitting—a crack pipe under the low ceilings and florescent lighting of his poor sister’s basement. Lord knows Kathy Ford has her own problems right now and the last thing she needs is this kind of chaotic publicity.

But Ford says he is “ready to take a break” and deal with his issues. Still, as far as anyone can tell, dealing with his issues is going to require a lot more than a break—and it might be his lack of understanding of this that is his biggest issue of all. Contrary to what some may believe, it’s pretty atypical for a habitual crack smoker (he’s made it clear he is not an addict) to take a break from hitting the pipe and have their using recalibrate back to “normal” when they return. When your life spirals out of control as a result of substance abuse, it’s unlikely you will ever regain control over that drug (or any drug) again.

Persistence in the Face of Humiliation

As an American, I find it fascinating that Ford and his team don’t seem concerned that his self-made smear campaign will have a negative effect on Ford’s re-election. I am from a country that nearly impeached a president over a semen-stained dress so I can’t really fathom that Ford isn’t cutting his losses and disappearing to bury his head in the sand. On the other hand, his (questionable) determination to get help might only be due to his desire to be re-elected, and if it weren’t for that, he might just not take a break at all. I mean, why would he? He’s just 44 (but looks 54) and it’s just crack cocaine.

Photo courtesy of West Annex News – Flickr:”Rob Ford in David Pecaut Square” Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons (resized and cropped)

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Danielle Stewart is a Los Angeles-based writer and recovering comedian. She has written for Showtime, E!, and MTV, as well as print publications such as Us Weekly and Life & Style Magazine. She returned to school and is currently working her way towards a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She loves coffee, Law & Order SVU, and her emotional support dog, Benson.