Oftentimes we look up to our favorite celebrity stars because we idolize them. We tend to mimic their actions, hobbies, and even goals in life because we wanted to live our life like them. For us, they are like the heroes that save our lives and become victorious from the forces of evil. And when we talk about heroes, there’s no doubt that Iron Man comes to our mind immediately. But who would’ve thought that the great actor behind the heroic actor, Robert Downey Jr, essentially needs saving, too?
Yes! You read it right! Unfortunately, even the great Robert Downey Jr. had not escaped the painful reality of drug, substance abuse, and alcoholism. But the great thing was that he rose from this downfall and eventually became victorious like a hero!
Let us follow the inspiring story of Robert Downey Jr. as he paved his road to recovery from drug addiction.
How Robert’s addiction to drug and substance abuse started
Robert’s career first went into a downhill when he became involved with drugs and alcohol from 1996 to 2001. In April 1996, he was first arrested for heroin, cocaine, possession and illegal possession of firearms when the authorities found a .357 Magnum handgun in his car while he was speeding on Sunset Boulevard.
As if that wasn’t enough, Robert had to pull out another stunt – and too soon, for our liking. Because of just a month later after his first arrest, he trespassed his neighbor’s home under substance abuse and fell asleep in one of his bed. Because of this, he was sentenced to three years of probation and required to undergo drug testing and rehabilitation treatment. Of course, Robert didn’t go all obedient with the court’s order. Because in 1997, he missed one of the court’s orders for drug testing which resulted in him spending six months in the Los Angeles County jail. Ever since then, Rober has been in and out in jail and rehab centers for multiple arrests and treatments.
Robert Downey’s Road to Recovery
After five years of indulgence to the drug, substance abuse, and alcoholism, Robert finally returned on 2003 as he recovered and started getting back on his career. He was featured in one of Oprah’s episodes discussing his failed attempts in controlling his addictive behavior when he became addicted to drugs.
“when someone says, ‘I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?’ Well, uh, you’re a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot.”
Ever since then, Robert has been busy with starring in different movies and series. In which, he was very thankful for. The never-ending lists of acting projects had helped him to divert his attention from taking drugs. Moreover, he was truly thankful for his family and ever-loving wife, Susan, for their enormous and undying support towards his recovery.
This was also the time where he started portraying Marvel’s heroic figure, Iron Man, in which it gained an international success and recognition. Robert considered Iron Man as his biggest and most successful break of all time. One could say that everything was going on steadily and peachy to the heroic actor now, but not quite yet.
The involvement of Robert’s son in drug addiction
It seemed like Robert had not fully escaped the chains of the curse. Because of his son, Indio, also fell on the same fate. On March 8, 2014, his son Indio was arrested because of cocaine possession and had also gone into a 20-month rehabilitation program. Fortunately, he recovered fairly quicker than his father. Because the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse dismissed his case after completing the rehab program. And Robert has never been proud of his son for overcoming this tragic chapter in his life.
‘Congrats are in order for my firstborn, and I’m proud to oblige,’ the 50-year-old said.
Since Indio is more of a musician at heart, Robert had said that Indio is now re-establishing his career as a musician. He had no doubt he would get back in feet in no time since his son already had an innate talent in music. And whatever it may be, he and their family are determined to support him in every step of the way to help him.