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Tue Jul 9, 2019, 08:36 AM

 

Joe Biden praises son struggling with addiction and mental health: 'Hunter is my heart'

By Deanna Paul July 9 at 8:54 AM

Joe Biden — the two-term vice president and a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful — opened up about his son Hunter’s struggle with mental health in a CNN interview broadcast Monday evening.

“Hunter is my heart‚” Biden said, referring to his son, 49. “And Hunter has been through some tough times, but he’s fighting. He’s never given up. He’s the most honorable, decent person I know.”

Biden has faced increased scrutiny in recent weeks on issues from his past positions in opposition to busing children to integrate schools to his defense of the 1994 crime bill.

Hunter Biden’s setbacks have also become a point of scrutiny. He candidly discussed them for a story published by the New Yorker last week. He said he assumed his history would be aired during the presidential race, and, he told the New Yorker, he wanted to preempt circulation of piecemeal stories that would reflect poorly on his father.

“Look, everybody faces pain,” Hunter said. “Everybody has trauma. There’s addiction in every family. I was in that darkness. I was in that tunnel — it’s a never-ending tunnel. You don’t get rid of it. You figure out how to deal with it.”





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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 09:35 AM

1. I feel for him and his son.

 

We have it in our family and it is a horrible thing to deal with. The family is impacted as much as the user is. It has torn our family apart, nobody wants to do family Christmas anymore because my nephew will no doubt ruin it with his issues. My sister and brother in law have spent their life savings trying to help him.

Hugs to Joe and his family.
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 09:56 AM

2. He really has gotten an unfair share of tragedy in his family.

 

While he's not on my list of favorites, I would be remiss if I do not give him kudos on how he's handled the many tragedies befallen his family. He's been through things that would have broken many a person, and still manages to not only get out of bed in the morning, but go out and try to serve others as well. I respect him a lot for that.
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 01:00 PM

3. I have a daughter who struggles with mental illness...depression...it has been very difficult. She

 

has been hospitalized twice...we almost lost her. No one can understand what this is like in a broken mental health system where help is hard to come by...I thank God for the ACA or she would have no coverage at all...and would probably be dead by her own hand. She is doing better the last month or so...found a caring doctor and psychologist here in Cleveland.
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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 01:03 PM

4. The ACA saved me.

 

The expanded Medicaid allowed me to use it as a secondary to my Medicare primary. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to afford the co-pays on my very expensive medicines (i have cystic fibrosis).

Thank you Obama and Biden! Now all we need added is a robust public option.

Glad to hear your daughter is doing better
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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 08:01 AM

10. Cystic Fibrosis ...that is tough...I am glad you are on the ACA and we sure do need

 

a public option. How are you doing...my friend's daughter has CF and there seems to be more treatments available...a cure may be on the horizon.
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 04:42 PM

5. Wishing them all the best

 

healing for Hunter Biden
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 04:48 PM

6. Wishing the best for Hunter. I lost a brother to substance abuse. I feel his pain. n/t

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 06:10 PM

7. There's something so lovable about Joe. The man just leads with his heart, every day. nt

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 07:12 PM

8. 'He said he assumed his history would be aired during the presidential race,

 

and, he told the New Yorker, he wanted to preempt circulation of piecemeal stories that would reflect poorly on his father.

“Look, everybody faces pain,” Hunter said. “Everybody has trauma. There’s addiction in every family. I was in that darkness. I was in that tunnel — it’s a never-ending tunnel. You don’t get rid of it. You figure out how to deal with it.”'

THANK you, Hunter.
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 07:16 PM

9. Best to Hunter

 

I just read an article on ESPN about Megan Rapinoe's brother, the "Brian" she wished a happy birthday to right after the championship match. He's been in and out of prison since middle school, for drug and other convictions. He's a heroin addict who has been clean for 18 months, since he saw his sister kneel the first time for the National Anthem.

Many families, regardless of privilege, have problems. I have no doubt that Hunter has been surrounded by love and support all his life and will continue to be so. His personal medical issues should have no bearing on this race.
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Response to mcar (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 08:06 AM

11. That is such a touching story...there has been (yet) no substance abuse in my family

 

but my husband's Dad was an acoholic. His two eldest daughters were charged with dragging him out of the bar most nights (Irish family from the other side). Neither married or had particularly happy lives...his Dad quit drinking when my husband was little he was the youngest...his Dad was 52 when he was born...could you imagine?
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 08:08 AM

12. Hoping the best for Hunter in his recovery..

 

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