Rob Ford ‘Got into Fights’ with Rehab Residents

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

The belligerent behavior of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reportedly carried over into his recent rehab stint, where sources claim he got into fights with other residents and was kicked out of a therapy group.

An insider told Star magazine that Ford never seemed fully cooperative with staff members or the program during his two-month stay at Toronto facility GreenStone. “[He] stopped people from sharing their stories. Other residents felt intimidated,” said one person in treatment with him. “They felt he was a bully. He was always saying he did not belong there.”

The new report has raised questions from many over whether chronicling Ford’s time in treatment is ethical. However, he had regularly been in contact with a columnist from the Toronto Star during his rehab stint, leaving many to believe that he had effectively waived his right to confidentiality.

“A private citizen is entitled to have their patient confidentiality protected and their privacy respected,” said Richard Feren, a composer and former drug addict who runs a Twitter parody account @TOMayorFrod (currently suspended). “[Not someone who] insists on running for office while using their fresh (and likely incomplete) rehab stint as part of their campaign narrative.”

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How to Deal with Personality Conflicts at Rehab

Aggressive or violent behavior will usually result in immediate removal from the facility.
While personality conflicts are often unavoidable in group environments, trouble makers or those who exhibit bullying behavior are not tolerated in a rehab setting. Difficult patients are typically spoken to by staff members or the director of the facility, while some counselors may encourage other patients to address the bad behavior in a group therapy setting. If no changes are made, he or she may be removed from the group settings or asked to leave the facility. Aggressive or violent behavior will usually result in immediate removal from the facility.

During your own time in treatment, it’s important to block out negative influences and focus on the real reason you are there. Here are five ways that you can effectively deal with difficult people in rehab.

  • See the situation as a chance to grow. Learning to deal with difficult people is a useful skill that will come in handy well after treatment.
  • Try to show compassion. People end up in rehab because they have problems in life. It’s important to remember that everyone is battling their own demons and in most cases, their brash behavior towards you is not actually about you.
  • Examine why you’re getting annoyed. It’s possible the problem could stem from the other person triggering something inside of you.
  • Avoid discussions about controversial topics such as religion or politics. Keep the conversations light in order to avoid conflicts.
  • If you feel that all available options have been utilized, inform a therapist and ask them to intervene.

Learn more about how to choose the right rehab facility for your needs.

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