Robert Downey Jr. tells Rolling Stone about heroin drug addiction
Robert Downey Jr. tells Rolling Stone about heroin drug addiction

Robert Downey Jr. tells Rolling Stone about heroin drug addiction

Robert Downey Jr. said he started smoking weed at age 8 and did blow with Jack Nicholson and talked about life in jail and his plans for growing old in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone.

The Academy Award nominee divulged that his father started giving him drugs when he was just 8-years-old, which eventually led to a debilitating heroin addiction.

Recalling one particularly bad trip after his first time behind bars, the actor says: “It was the only coke that ever tasted as good as the coke I did with my dad and Jack.” The bender led to a heroin spree with the son of a “local phenom.”

“All those years of snorting coke, and then I accidentally get involved in heroin after smoking crack for the first time. It finally tied my shoelaces together.”

Downey admits that when he was low, he was really low.
“Smoking dope and smoking coke, you are rendered defenseless. The only way out of that hopeless state is intervention,” he tells the mag, on stands Friday.

Downey finally got that intervention in 2003, when he entered rehab (and got “the best shrink in America”) and successfully turned his life around.

Now sober for seven years, Downey plans to stay that way. “The ramifications of a little slip are not what they used to be,” he says. “It’s not kid stuff anymore.”

Now the actor is looking forward to the future — namely “Iron Man 2” and growing old with his wife, Susan Downey.

“Now I think, ‘Oh, my God, me and the missus will be [in our L.A. home] until the grandkids attend our funerals.’ We’ll always be here. We’ll never f—ing move from here. Crazy.”

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