Toronto mayor returns to work after rehab stay

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged a drug problem for the first time and vowed that his commitment to "living clean is now unwavering" as he returned to work Monday after a two-month stay in rehab.

Ford read an emotional statement at City Hall, but refused to take questions, after checking out of a facility in Ontario.

The mayor of Canada's largest city said staff at the rehab facility saved his life.

"For a long, long time I resisted the idea of getting help," he said. "Like a lot of people dealing with substance abuse, I was in complete denial. But it soon became obvious that my alcohol and drug use was having a serious, serious impact on my family, on my health and on my job as mayor."

Ford didn't specify which drug or drugs, but he acknowledged last year that he had smoked crack in a "drunken stupor." His reign as mayor has been marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use. He has been repeatedly videotaped and photographed while intoxicated in public.

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