By now, many people know that Downey struggled with addiction for many years, yet fewer people know that his son may have chosen a similar fate, after being caught with cocaine in June. Downey’s son, Indio, entered rehab shortly after.
The long and winding road of addiction
Downey’s story of addiction trails through the late 1980s and 1990s, after the actor obtained fame with roles like 1992’s “Chaplin,” the Daily Mail noted. One time the star was found sleeping in his neighbor’s 11-year-old son’s bed after ingesting cocaine and alcohol. Another time he was arrested for driving drunk down Sunset Boulevard with possession of illicit drugs and a handgun. Downey was also once found passed out in an alley behind a run-down Los Angeles hotel. Many of these offenses put the actor in prison, causing him to serve sentences in the LA county jail.
Downey finally entered an addiction treatment center in LA, where he told the magazine that he finally realized he needed to get away from his former habits.
“Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don’t change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal. Or whatever,” Downey stated.
Passing the torch
Downey’s addiction habits may have developed at a young age. Downey’s father, a filmmaker in Hollywood, also battled addiction. When Downey was 8, his father offered him a marijuana joint. Now the family’s addiction gene seems to have been passed to Downey’s son, and Downey knows it.
Downey discussed his son’s addiction, noting that due to current times, it is not uncommon that his son was introduced to drugs and their dangers early on.
“… That’s typical in the Information Age; things get accelerated. You’re confronted with histories and predispositions and influences and feelings and unspoken traumas or needs that weren’t met, and all of a sudden you’re three miles into the woods,” the actor stated. “Pick a dysfunction and it’s a family problem.”
Hopefully, Downey’s son will be able to learn from his father’s lessons and not travel down the same road of destruction.