Drug Abuse

Robert Downey Jr. has had his quarrels with drugs before.

You Know Him Well...

You may know him from the many movies he has been in, most notably the Iron Man series and the Avengers saga. He has earned many awards for his superb acting roles, and he continues to please the public with his movies. But some people only see the acting facade he puts up for his movies. Prior to his spectacular acting career, he struggled with drugs and substance abuse.

His Struggle

From 1996 through 2001, Downey was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges including cocaine, heroin and marijuana and went several times through drug treatment programs unsuccessfully, explaining in 1999 to a judge: "It's like I've got a shotgun in my mouth with my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal." He explained his relapses by claiming to have been addicted to drugs since the age of eight, due to the fact that his father, also an addict, had been giving them to him.
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A Few of His Trials

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He is Back and Better Than Ever!

Downey maintains that he has been drug-free since July 2003, thanks to his family, therapy, meditation, twelve step recovery programs, yoga and the practice of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Downey has credited his wife with helping him overcome his drug and alcohol habits. In December 2015 Downey received a full and unconditional pardon from Governer of California Jerry Brown for his prior drug convictions. Now, according to Forbes magazine, he is the highest paid actor in the world at $51 million!
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