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Hunter Biden Opens Up About His Addiction Struggles


Being in the spotlight isn’t easy, especially if your father is a 2020 presidential candidate.

As the child of a presidential candidate, anything you do or say is scrutinized in the media and can be used against the candidate to jeopardize their campaign and that is the reality of 49-year-old Hunter Biden.

The son of Joe Biden has admitted that he has a history of addiction and that it all began when he was in high school. Other substances, such as cocaine, were also abused while he was in college. Hunter claims that he was in a dark place and “you figure out how to deal with it.1

Hunter Biden’s Addiction

Hunter was in and out of rehabs for years and was even in an intensive outpatient program and outpatient treatment program for addiction. He was sober for 7 years until he drank on a business trip. He sought treatment again. After the 2015 death of this brother Beau Biden, Hunter relapsed. On his way to a rehabilitation center in Arizona, he realized he left his wallet on the plane and while waiting, asked a homeless man where he could purchase crack. That same week, he was driving and lost control of the vehicle. After that, he called the rehabilitation center to pick him up.2

Hunter Biden’s Wife and Sobriety

Since getting treatment, Hunter has been sober and recently married. Hunter Biden’s wife, Melissa Cohen, is proud of her husband’s recovery and honesty about his past with addiction.

Understanding Joe Biden’s Son’s Addiction

Hunter Biden’s addiction is something that’s been publicized by media in both political views, with some vilifying the former Vice President’s son’s addictions, and others taking a different approach. Hunter Biden recently spoke about his addiction in attempts to quiet the negative spin some publications may try to take about his recovery.

At Banyan Treatment Center, we know how difficult it can be to share your truth about recovery. Hunter Biden is very brave to be so honest with his struggles, especially when every aspect of your life is open to scrutiny. You don’t have to suffer in silence. If you’re struggling with substance abuse or mental health, our nationwide addiction treatment programs can guide you to a better tomorrow.

Call 888-966-9413 to learn how our team at Banyan Treatment Centers can help you get and stay sober.


  1. Washington Post - Joe Biden’s son shares his addiction struggles to shield his dad’s campaign
  2. USA Today - Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden talks about addiction, Beau Biden death in New Yorker interview

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Ilana mekler
Ilana mekler
Ilana was born in Valhalla, New York and lived the first 11 years of her life in New Rochelle, NY before relocating to Boca Raton, FL. While she’s not in recovery, being in the addiction field, currently, has opened her eyes and her mind to addiction and truly see why this field is so important. Ilana received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication studies from Florida Gulf Coast University and has a background in social media with experience in writing. As the social media specialist here at Banyan, she’s passionate about what she does because it allows her to experience what goes on behind the scenes in social media and being able to connect with others. Her favorite part of her job is knowing that in some way, she’s giving others the platform to reach out to get help for their own struggles.

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