Believe it or not, there is an upside to addiction being passed down through generations: built-in family support. Robert Downey, Jr. recently sat down with Vanity Fair to discuss using his own drug abuse struggles to help his 20-year-old son who was also recently arrested for drug possession.

"For some folks it’s just a function of age," the Iron Man star told Vanity Fair about overcoming his demons. "It’s perfectly normal for people to be obsessive about something for a period of time, then leave it alone."

In 1996, the actor was stopped for speeding and police found heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine as well as an unloaded .357 Magnum in his car. Downey would go to rehab but escaped twice and was sentenced to 36 months in jail in 1999. He would only have to serve a little under a year but after two more arrests, Downey entered rehab again and decided to get clean.

Downey admits that he did likely pass down his drug abuse struggles to his son, Indio. And maybe the actor’s recovery from rock bottom and return to the spotlight may also be something that can be passed down.



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