Tom Hanks' son Chet Hanks reveals substance abuse, says he's sober now

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Tom Hanks' Son Talks Addiction, Sobriety


It has been a long road for Tom Hanks' son Chet Hanks.

Chet, 24, revealed on Instagram that he has struggled with substance abuse since he was a teen and that he's finally turning his life around.

In his video post, he blasted tabloids for spreading rumors and also talked about his longtime battle.

"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. With 50 days of sobriety under my belt, I can honestly say I'm the happiest I've ever been," Chet wrote.
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Tom Hanks' son Chet Hanks reveals substance abuse, says he's sober now
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at 'Cloud Atlas' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) (EXCLUSIVE) Producer/actor Tom Hanks, actress Rita Wilson and actor Chet Hanks attend HBO's Annual Emmy Awards after party at the Pacific Design Center on August 29, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 03: Actor Chet Hanks attends The Gay Men's Chorus Of Los Angeles' 3rd Annual Voice Awards at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios on May 3, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Actress Rita Wilson and Chester Marlon Hanks attend the 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at 'Cloud Atlas' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Tom Hanks, son Chester Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 18: Musician Chet Hanks (L) and actress Rita Wilson attend Scott 'Scooter' Braun at Scott 'Scooter' Braun's 30th Birthday Party at the Music Box Theater on June 18, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at 'Cloud Atlas' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Rita Wilson and son Chester Hanks attend the 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 03: Actor Chet Hanks (L) and guest attend The Gay Men's Chorus Of Los Angeles' 3rd Annual Voice Awards at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios on May 3, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actor Chet Hanks arrives at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA -FEBRUARY 19: Actor Chet Hanks arrives at 'Chevy Rocks the Future' held at the Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by: Jean-Paul Aussenard/Wireimage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Chelsea Staub, Chet Hanks, Nathalia Ramos, Janel Parrish, Jon Voight, Skyler Shaye and Logan Browning attend Lions Gate Films Premiere of 'Bratz: The Movie' at Pacific Theatres on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Nathalia Ramos, Janel Parrish, Chet Hanks, Skyler Shaye and Logan Browning attend Lions Gate Films Premiere of 'Bratz: The Movie' at Pacific Theatres on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 22: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Actor Tom Hanks, his daughter Elizabeth (L), sons Truman (3rd R) and Chester (2nd R) , and wife Rita Wilson (R) walk down Broadway June 22, 2002 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Skyler Shaye and Chet Hanks attend Lions Gate Films Premiere of 'Bratz: The Movie' at Pacific Theatres on July 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actor Chet Hanks and Natalia Ramos arrive at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and children Truman Theodore, left, and Chester Marlon, right. *EXCLUSIVE* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and children Truman Theodore, left, and Chester Marlon, right. *EXCLUSIVE* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 22: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Actor Tom Hanks, his daughter Elizabeth and son Chester walk down Broadway June 22, 2002 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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He praised his family, friends, and support groups for helping him get sober.

"I'm thankful for my family and everybody that cares about me, including my fans. 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 ok with being human. If anybody that sees this struggles with addiction, feel free to reach out. Thank you all for the love and support! GOD IS REAL!!!"

Chet is one of Hanks' children with wife, Rita Wilson. Hanks has three other children from his two marriages. While Chet has remained largely out of the spotlight, unlike his half brother Colin Hanks, he did have minor roles in several films, including Hanks' "Larry Crowne." Chet is set to appear in upcoming flick "The Fantastic Four."
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