Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has stepped away from his re-election campaign to address his substance abuse issues, said in an interview with The Toronto Sun that his time in rehabilitation has been “amazing” and even compared it to attending football camp.

Ford used the interview to reassure his supporters that he would be ready for the city’s mayoral election in October, telling the Sun he is “coming back” and will “kick butt.”

And when the conversation moved to his battle with substance abuse, Ford was equally positive.

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From the Sun:

The mayor, on a leave of absence to deal with personal issues following images and recordings of intoxicated behaviour and potential crack use, said he is doing fine.

"I feel great," he said. "Rehab is amazing. It reminds me of football camp. Kind of like the Washington Redskins camp I went to as a kid."

Ford told the Sun that he was meeting both in group and individual sessions and that he regretted his actions over the past several months. Nevertheless, he sees his rehabilitation as an opportunity, telling the Sun his public meltdown “might have been the best thing” since it pushed him to seek help.

In the interview, the mayor refused to reveal his location or the name of the center where he is being treated, saying it was out of respect for his fellow patients.

Ford first stepped out of the limelight last week after enduring months of scrutiny that stemmed from a videotape showing the mayor smoking crack. He later admitted to using the drug while in a “drunken stupor” and had been filmed in a series of other substance-related incidents. The announcement that he would seek help came on the same day as reports of a new crack-smoking video surfaced.