Tom Hanks' Son Announces Rehab Stint And Sobriety On Instagram

By McCarton Ackerman 10/02/15

Chet Hanks seems intent to maintain his sobriety.

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Chet Hanks, the son of Hollywood movie star Tom Hanks, revealed in a series of Instagram posts that he recently completed rehab and is determined to maintain his sobriety.

The encouraging news came after a series of disturbing episodes from the 25-year-old over the summer, including trashing a hotel room near Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom and declaring that hip-hop culture gave him permission to use the N-word whenever he wanted. He admitted in the Instagram video updates that he had been selling and using cocaine, in addition to experimenting with crack.

“I've been in rehab, I’ve been trying to get my shit together. And I'm doing pretty damn good,” said Chet. "A couple months ago I was selling coke, doing coke until I couldn't even snort it up my nose anymore because it was so clogged. I even smoked crack. If I can change, you can change. There is a solution."

However, this is not Chet’s first time attempting to sober up. He announced last November that he was 60 days sober after undergoing treatment for cocaine abuse, admitting that he had struggled with drug addiction since the age of 16. He previously pursued a rap career under the stage name Chet Haze, writing about his love for weed and alcohol in many of his lyrics.

Chet said he went public with his rehab stint last year in order to beat a tabloid to the punch that was planning  to publish a story about it, but also felt it was important to share the benefits he had received from participating in 12-step programs.

"Sometimes you have to go through missteps to end up where you're meant to be, at which point you realize they were never missteps," he said. "They were just what you needed to go through at the time you were going through it, in order to grow and progress."

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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.