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Mayor Rob Ford speaks during the mayoral debate at Global Kingdom Ministries in Scarborough, Toronto, on July 16, 2014Matthew Sherwood/The Globe and Mail

Rob Ford says the decision to enter rehab this year was his and his alone.

Ford brought up his decision to enter an Ontario rehab facility during a speech to at a business conference in Toronto on Saturday.

In the speech to the National Franchise and Business Opportunities Show, Ford said he wished he did it years ago.

He likened his struggles with addiction to a battle with "the man in the mirror" and that he finally said "enough is enough" before deciding to seek treatment.

Ford says that he was the only person who could make the decision to seek treatment and he did so alone.

Ford entered the Greenestone residential addiction treatment centre in late May after being confronted with reports of a video showing him allegedly smoking crack cocaine.

Ford was in the rehab facility for two months and says he has since dealt with his substance abuse issues.

He said the decision to enter rehab "just hit home" and that he looked at himself and said "that's it," before entering the facility.

"Every time he kept beating me," Ford said of his reflection in the mirror. "I said 'you know what? Enough's enough. I've got to put everything aside or else one day I'm not going to be able to see that guy anymore."