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(VIDEO) Rob Ford returns from rehab, back to political life as Toronto Mayor

Mayor Rob Ford returned to his municipal podium on Monday, after "completing two months of intensive rehab therapy" in Toronto.

"I had convinced myself that I did not have a problem," Ford said at the beginning of his press conference today. "But it soon became obvious that my alcohol and drug use was having a serious, serious impact on my family and on my health and on my job as mayor.

"After experiencing some of the darkest moments in my life, I decided that enough was enough. I had become my own worst enemy."

Ford has had a tumultuous past year as the mayor of Canada's largest city, after rumours of him using crack cocaine were confirmed last winter, and after he was stripped of many of his mayoral powers by his city council.

Ford was also caught on camera in drunken rants, both in his home and in public, and made headlines when he left Toronto – he was ticketed for jaywalking near Vancouver after leaving a Coquitlam bar and also appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel's late night talk show in Los Angeles.

In April, he was again videotaped smoking from a pipe, which the Globe and Mail and Gawker both reported contained crack cocaine.

"When I look back on some of the things I have said and some of the things I did when I was using, I am ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated," he said Monday.

(Full video from the CBC is above...)

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