Hunter Says His Addiction Issues Stemmed From Trauma | 22 Words

Hunter Biden has opened up about his struggle with addiction, and where it all began.

And his interview is heartbreaking...

President Joe Biden's son Hunter opened up about his explosive personal life...

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Including his struggle with substance abuse and how he managed to turn a corner in a series of interviews with CBS News this week.

"I am more convinced now that trauma is at the center of it," the fifty-one-year-old said about his new memoir, Beautiful Things.

Hunter said he believes his trauma stems from the 1972 car crash that killed his mother, Neilia, and his sister, Naomi.

He and big brother Beau, who died from brain cancer in 2015, were also badly injured in the crash...

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"I don't know why I had such a hard time ever admitting that," Hunter said, adding that he never talked about the accident with his family.

"We probably should've," he said.

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In his book, Hunter details his grapple with sobriety and his romantic relationship with Hallie Biden, his brother's widow.

And people have been in full support of him...

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Hunter recalled his family's efforts to support him at his lowest...

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"I'm a Biden, we cry too much," he says at one point, wiping his eyes after talking about how President Biden calls him every night to check-in.

Hunter also told CBS News he was "cooperating completely" with a federal investigation into his "tax affairs"...

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Although he didn't go into full detail about the reason why.

"I'm absolutely certain — 100 percent certain — that at the end of the investigation, I will be cleared of any wrongdoing," he said...

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Adding, "I'm 100 percent certain of it. All I can do is cooperate and trust in the process."

Hunter also shared stories about his father's efforts to help him overcome his addictions...

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Hunter said that at one point when his dad was vice president, he "ditched his Secret Service" detail and "figured out a way to get over to the house" to talk to him about his problem.

Hunter admitted he would drink a "quart of vodka" every day, an "insanely lethal" amount of alcohol. 

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He also admitted to searching through the carpet to find more drugs. "I probably smoked more parmesan cheese than anyone that you know," he said.

Once, Hunter described going "13 days without sleeping," doing drugs, and drinking "the entire time."

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But he "never, not once" thought his father would stop helping him.

Hunter said his 2019 marriage to wife Melissa Cohen was "a miracle" for him and his recovery.

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He explained that he and Cohen immediately hit it off on a blind date before telling her he was an addict.

"She said, 'Well that ends now,' " Hunter recalled, adding, "I knew it was my last chance."

Hunter also said that opening up about his addiction in a 2019 New Yorker interview was "part of the thing that saved me."

"I started to tell my story," Hunter said.

The biggest lesson of it all? "I don't know a force more powerful than my family's love — except addiction," he said.

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