Robert Downey Jr. surely has battled his own demons over the years, having been addicted to drugs, in and out of rehab, and even serving time in prison. Thankfully sober now, Robert Downey Jr. has a new nightmare, as it's being reported today that his 20-year-old son Indio is currently in rehab for a problem with prescription pain medication, according to Radar Online on Oct. 2.
Indio’s mother Deborah Falconer confirmed her son’s treatment to the National Enquirer, but oddly added the caveat that he wasn't really addicted and was only taking one pill a day.
Falconer said Indio is going the homeopathic route, receiving holistic, natural and orthomolecular therapy at the undisclosed rehab facility.
She added that they're hoping to do it that way rather than with medications, which is also an odd admission since there's not many drugs you get rehabbed for that use medications.
Falconer said he's being treated with vitamin supplements and organic foods. The singer and actress married Robert Downey Jr. in 1992, but took her son and left him in 1996 after he was arrested for drug possession, DUI and possession of a concealed weapon.
More arrests and multiple rehab stints finally culminated in Downey Jr. spending a year in jail. Even that didn't do it for good as he was arrested twice more following his release from prison.
Downey finally sobered up for good in 2001, got remarried to wife Susan Levin, and had new son Exton in 2012. He's rebuilt his career and is now reported to be the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.
Indio is an actor and singer as well. His career is taking off as his rock band "The Seems" has played at L.A.’s famed Viper Room. He recently inked a deal with Warner Bros., and has a movie "Run for Roxanne" due out in 2014.
A source said this revelation has been a nightmare for Robert because Indio has never been in trouble before. Obviously it must drum up a whole host of horrible flashbacks to the actor's own years of addiction.
Indio's mother says he’s doing great, and will be back playing music and doing better soon. A source close to Downey told the Enquirer that Indio’s condition doesn’t appear serious, adding that he doesn't have a problem with prescription drugs or narcotics.
That's a bit of a mixed message, saying on one hand that Indio has sought treatment at a rehab facility, and on the other claiming he doesn't have a problem with drugs. Hopefully they're not in denial.
"He’s praying for Indio’s recovery", said an insider close to Downey. Calls from Radar to the actor's rep for a comment went unreturned.