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Robert Downey Jr.

Deeply Involved in Son's

Struggle with Sobriety

6/30/2014 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Robert Downey Jr.
has been very privately helping his son struggle with addiction problems for years ... with some success ... sources connected with the family tell TMZ.

TMZ broke the story ... 20-year-old Indio was arrested Sunday for cocaine possession.  We're told it's the latest slip in his ongoing struggle with drugs ... and his dad has been deeply involved in Indio's treatment.

Indio has been in and out of treatment programs for several years.  One source says until Sunday Indio had a fairly long stretch of time when he was clean, in no small part because of Robert's counseling.

We're told Robert feels a degree of guilt as a father ...  because he's been through the same struggle.

One source put it this way, "Because of Robert's own struggle he's very much in tune with his son's sobriety.  And that has really helped Indio."

Everyone we've spoken with says Indio is a good person who is polite, well-mannered and serious about trying to stay clean, but like so many people with addiction problems, he's slipped.

Indio has also seen Robert help others who have struggled, including Mel Gibson.

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1.

featherkile    

He looks exactly like his father. My parents are alcoholics and i became one also.Try not to judge. Not all people who abuse substances are out there doing horrible things. Its so easy to talk **** in ur glass houses when u have no idea what the real story is.

115 days ago
2.

stu    

Should have raised ur kid away from Hollywierd Robby.

115 days ago
3.

namers    

Hope he gets the help he needs.

115 days ago
4.

Rigby    

Unfortunate..... Hollywood parents are hardly involved in there kids life's. What do you expect

115 days ago
5.

Larry    

RD Jr. Half-measures availed us nothing. Kid needs a good sponsor, and so does my own son.

115 days ago
6.

Cool Papa    

Why do you believe Robert Downey Jr is sober? Because HE said so? As if he's never lied before. Proves people only hear what they want.

115 days ago
7.

rozaydan    

U have proof in ur father u cannot dabble in drugs learn from his lessons

115 days ago
8.

bkblueknight    

so stop sending him to fancy treatment centers that are more like spas and coddle people in hopes of return business.

send him to NA or AA. let him experience the real world for a minute, he might just realize the opportunities he has.

115 days ago
9.

Tax    

No offensive, but how can you state he has helped him if he has been in and out of rehab and also just go arrested. I would call that a major fail.

115 days ago
10.

Lucky_130    

RIP Indio

115 days ago
11.

truth    

Let him get high in peace people!

115 days ago
12.

Gamergal86    

I've never done heavy drugs just weed but im pretty sure its also about support from family and friends i say friends w lightness cuz lots just there for fun ride. I hope he helps foremost himself &better himself as a person to have his own family. Im glad his dad is helping.

115 days ago
13.

Jules Destaing    

"genetic component to addiction" - What kind of crap is that ?

115 days ago
14.

CindyCindyCindy    

I still don't have much sympathy for gazillionaires who piss their lives away on drugs. The rest of us are struggling to survive...

115 days ago
15.

Whatever biotch     

This city is a ****hole, I know I live here...no place for ANYONE to grow up.

115 days ago
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