Tom Hanks' Son Reveals He's Over 50 Days Sober

By McCarton Ackerman 12/01/14

Chet Hanks took to Instagram to announce that he's nearly two months sober, beating the tabloids to the punch.

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The son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson has come clean about his struggle with cocaine addiction and newfound sobriety in a bid to tell his story before the tabloids.

Chet Hanks, 24, is now nearly two months sober after a recent stint in rehab. He shared the news on an Instagram video that quickly went viral.

"A tabloid is about to run a piece on me being in rehab for cocaine addiction. It's true and I'm currently 50 days clean and sober from everything, including alcohol," he said. "I've been struggling with substance abuse since I was 16 years old. Finally at the age of 24, I decided to get some help."

A source told Star magazine that Chet "was always a big pot smoker," but had developed a problem with cocaine in the last year. He previously pursued a rap career under the name Chet Haze, and wrote about his love for weed and alcohol in many of his lyrics.

"It's part of college life. I wanted to rap about something that I do," he once said. "But I wouldn't say that's what my life is all about. I'm not some caricature of a person who just drinks and smokes weed and parties all the time."

Neither of his famous parents have commented on his addiction or rehab stint, but the anonymous source said they "fully supported him in his decision to get sober" and have "done everything they can to help him." And with Chet arguably looking healthier than ever, he is determined to remain committed to sobriety.

"I've been blessed with the programs of AA and NA, which allow me to rise above this disease. I'm learning to accept my faults and be okay with being human," he said. "I'm thankful for my family and everybody that cares about me. I can honestly say that I'm the happiest I've ever been."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.