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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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31.

JFS    

Poor kid. As a recovering addict with alcoholic parents I feel for the kid. Addiction is extremely hard to overcome... even when you want it more than anything in the world. Even when you tell yourself you've had enough and never want to use again, the obsession kicks in and your mind tells you the opposite. Hopefully he truly wants it and will get it before it is too late. God bless.

123 days ago
32.

Crabby    

20 years old and he has been struggling with addiction for years? When did he start when he was like 8? Cant imagine how bad he life has been so far that he is a junkie at age 20. another one who just overdose and die already.

123 days ago
33.

rzrule2001    

Dad Robert Sure Is A Lot Sexier Than His son

123 days ago
34.

The Maharincess of Franistan    

I wish Robert and his family all the best always.

123 days ago
35.

Superrmoonn    

Addiction is a bitch. While he sucks that addiction is in his genes, his father really did a fantastic job at beating it. Indio is lucky to have him as a dad. I hope he can help him beat it.

123 days ago
36.

Kkkartrashiankkklan    

This is all kim kartassys fault !

123 days ago
37.

dontworryaboutit    

hey robert, atleast show him where to get the stuff that hasnt been stepped on

123 days ago
38.

Mr Barcliff    

ALCOHOL/DRUGS ARE SERIOUS DISEASES AND CLEARLY PASSED VIA BLOOD LINES ALOT OF THE TIME!!!! SAD TO SEE, NOT JUST FOR ROBER DOWNEYS SON BUT FOR ALL PARENTS DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE WITH THERE KIDS, HARD TO FIX, VERY HARD WHEN KIDS HAVE DRUG ISSUES, THE DRUGS TAKE CONTROL OF THEM AND ROBERT KNOWS 1ST HAND AND SHOULD GIVE HIM THE WISDOM AND PATIENCE TO HELP HIS SON BUT, IT STARTS WITH THE ADDICT THEY HAVE TO WANT HELP AND FIGHT!!!! GODBLESS!!!!LGNM

123 days ago
39.

opiates.com    

Lets have a little compassion for this child's struggle. Roberts has the strength, love and experience to help his son. We wish them all the best!!!

123 days ago
40.

Ur not worthy    

It's sad..sins of the father...a valuable lesson though for the rest of us ...be careful when indulging in all types of stuff bc "you're doing you","it's your life". Whether i bring children into this world or not you have got to realize that it is NOT all about you and can effect your kids and others.

123 days ago
41.

kewljewl    

I know addiction too well. I am one. My father is one and my mother died being one. When.u mix depression with it...its not safe. I know.

123 days ago
42.

Gretel    

If anyone knows what a struggle it can be it would be Robert Downey Jr. He was so far gone it's still amazing he got clean and sober and stayed that way. Sad that he has to go through it with his son. I hope his son can work his demons out like his dad did.

123 days ago
43.

eqlopper2nity    

Oh isn't that sweet, like father like son.

123 days ago
44.

bring back recent posts    

Have Faith Indio, stay close to those who love you and far away from those who enable you.

123 days ago
45.

trudith    

Blatant jealous haters! All you get off on things like this! RDJ is already probably blaming himself--and instead of wishing them the best your snarky

123 days ago
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