20-year-old Indio Falconer Downey, son of actor Robert Downey Jr., was caught smoking cocaine in West Hollywood, Southern California, earlier this week. According to the Sheriff deputy’s story, Indio was in his vehicle “using the pipe” to smoke cocaine when the Sheriff deputy’s vehicle pulled up.
Although drug addiction is already a difficult situation to be in, being the son of a known actor makes it more difficult for Indio. However, Robert Downey is very supportive of what his son is going through.
“There is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being,” the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes star said.
Robert Downey had a very public battle with drug addiction as well. The most part of his 1990s were taken by his drug addiction. It took a long time with a lot of struggles, but he was able to clean up. He was able to recover with the help of his family and loved ones encouraging him through his rehabilitation process.
In his interview this week, he expressed his grief over the same fate that his son seems to be experiencing. In his statement, he somehow blamed himself for what is going on with Indio.
“Unfortunately, there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” he said.
Downey confessed that even at such a young age, he was already able to take drugs. His father also struggled with the same thing.
‘When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how,’ Downey said.
The actor expressed his gratitude towards the Sheriff’s office. He said it somehow served as an intervention. He still believes that Indio would get through this.
“We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale,” he said.
Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant derived from the leaves of the coca plant near South America. The popular drug has been used for centuries by the natives of Peru and Bolivia. They chew or suck the leaves to increase endurance and relieve hunger.