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Downey Jr on son's drug issues

Robert Downey Jr has opened up about his son's drug issues, saying it is a "family problem".

The Iron Man star - who has battled drug problems himself - also suggested there is a hereditary aspect of addiction as he talked about son Indio, 20, who was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession earlier this year.

He told Vanity Fair: "He's his mother's son and he's my son, and he's come up the chasm much quicker than we did.

"But that's typical in the Information Age; things get accelerated.

"You're confronted with histories and predispositions and influences and feelings and unspoken traumas or needs that weren't met, and all of a sudden you're three miles into the woods."

He added: "Pick a dysfunction and it's a family problem."

Robert, who had Indio with his ex Deborah Falconer, also talked about his own struggles in the 90s, which saw him spending time in both rehab and prison.

The 49-year-old said: "Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don't change. So the thing is to get out and recognise the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal. Or whatever.

"But I don't even know if that was my experience.

"It's funny: Five years ago, I would've made it sound like I'm conscious of my own participation in seizing the similarities. But so many things have become less certain. I swear to God. I am not my story."

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