In a text exchange with his son Hunter, President Joe Biden confessed that addiction was a “disease from mommy and me.” Now, it has come to the attention of the news media that other members of the Biden family, besides Hunter, have spent time in rehabilitation facilities fighting drug addiction and other substance abuse problems. According to Daily Mail, five members of the Biden family have spent time in rehab – sometimes at the order of a judge – which seems to indicate that drug abuse is a problem that runs in the family, just like it does for many Americans in the grips of the opioid epidemic.

It has come to light that members of Biden’s family, even those closest to him, have struggled with substance abuse during their lives. His brother, Frank, as well as children Hunter and Ashley, have all struggled with addiction. Biden’s niece Caroline as well as his deceased son’s widow, who has since become Hunter’s lover, all suffered from battles with addictions to substances and had to spend some time receiving treatment to recover.

In an October 2020 interview, Biden confessed that he avoids drinking alcohol. He witnessed how alcohol destroyed the life of his favorite uncle, who he lived with as a child. He never wanted alcohol to do that to him, so he avoided the beverage throughout his life.

Biden has previously said that the driver who killed his wife in a car accident back in 1972 was drunk behind the wheel. However, police never charged the man with a D.U.I., and there was never any evidence gathered that the man was drunk at the time of the crash.

The text message between Hunter and Joe Biden starts with Hunter expressing his sorrow at not being able to spend Father’s Day 2018 together.

“I’m in California,” Hunter states. “I am going to my yoga week in Big Sur. I love you, Dad, and I’m sorry I won’t be there for Father’s Day. Being home is really hard for me. Being away from you is harder. There had never been a boy more loved by a Dad than me by you. All I want is to make you proud. And I know I haven’t. But I promise I’m trying, Dad.”

Biden replied, “You’ve always made me proud. You got the disease from mommy and me, but you are strong and courageous with so much more to give. It’s time for you to remember what a truly remarkable man lies beneath, and everyone can see it. Lean on me as I have on you my whole life. You are my (heart). Happy Father’s Day, my boy.”

Hunter’s battle with drug addiction because public knowledge after the media got ahold of his private text messages and information on his laptop. These messages revealed that Hunter had started seeing his late brother’s wife, Hallie Biden after Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. She had been to rehab four times, costing about $100,000.

He texted her in December 2018, saying: “You didn’t stay longer than ten days away from family at any one of the four times you went to rehab.”

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