Toronto mayor admits 'complete denial' about substance abuse

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at his office at city hall in Toronto on June 30, 2014 amid a crush of cameras (AFP Photo/Geoff Robins )

Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Monday admitted he had been in "complete denial" about his drug and alcohol abuse, as he returned to work following a stint in rehab.

Ford, who is seeking re-election in October despite revelations earlier this year that he smoked crack while in office, said he had "begun to take control" of his life, but admitted: "This is a long, long road to recovery."