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Updated: Thu, 01 May 2014 14:44:28 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Rob Ford's family admits he has problems, pledge support



Doug Ford said Thursday he feels a sense of relief that his brother Rob Ford is seeking help for his substance abuse problems. Canadian Press

Doug Ford said Thursday he feels a sense of relief that his brother Rob Ford is seeking help for his substance abuse problems. Canadian Press

After Rob Ford left his home Thursday morning apparently to seek help for what he described as a problem with alcohol, his family members have pledged to support the beleaguered Toronto mayor.

The mayor was filmed holding what looks like a crack pipe this past Saturday, April 26, at his sister Kathy's house, according to the Globe and Mail, whose reporters viewed the video. After a story and screen grabs from the video were published Wednesday night, Ford announced he planned to take a leave from his mayor's job and campaigning for re-election.

He left his Etobicoke home this morning with a suitcase carried by his nephew, Michael Ford.

The mayor did not say anything to members of the media gathered outside his house.

His mother, Diane Ford, told reporters she had no choice but accept that her son has problems. "I had no idea it was as serious as it is," she said.

She also warned the media to "leave him alone."

Coun. Doug Ford said he's relieved his brother has finally stepped back from public life to seek professional help for his personal problems. 

"This is one of the toughest days of my life but in saying that, I also have a sense of relief," the councillor said at a news conference at city hall while fighting back tears.

"As an older brother, I'm relieved that Rob has faced his problems and decided to seek professional help. This isn't an easy thing for anyone to do … especially when you're mayor of this city.

"I told Rob that everyone knows someone who has faced these challenges, and I know they will wish him well and a speedy recovery. I love my brother. I'll continue to stand by my brother and his family in this difficult journey."

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