Following Robert Downey Jr.’s son Indio’s arrest for cocaine possession, insiders now fear the drug plagued 20-year-old could descend into an even darker heroin hell if not stopped.
The ENQUIRER first revealed Indio’s drug problems in October 2013 when his mother, and Robert’s ex-wife, actress Deborah Falconer, confirmed their son sought treatment after abusing prescription pain medication.
Deborah exclusively told The ENQUIRER that Indio was “receiving holistic, natural and orthomolecular” therapy.
But recently, Indio “fell off the wagon,” a source said. “Obviously, that treatment didn’t take – just as a single stint in rehab didn’t work for his father. “Now, Indio’s already moved up to smoking cocaine.”
Indio – a musician with the rock band “The Seems” and an actor who ironically appeared in a drug movie titled “Run for Roxanne” – was busted June 29 while riding in a car with pals in Hollywood. “The deputy drove up near him and saw him using a cocaine pipe,” said West Hollywood Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Dave Valentine.
The source added: “If Indio hadn’t been arrested, I feared it could have led to heroin.” After conquering his own drug demons, the star puts the blame for his son’s tragedy on his own shoulders.
“Unfortunately, there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” Robert said.
The 49-year-old, who is reportedly worth $140 million, spent his early 30s struggling with cocaine, heroin and marijuana abuse. After several trips to rehab and jail, Robert got sober in 2001. The actor has reportedly placed Indio in the Cliffside rehab facility in Malibu.
But Dr. Robi Ludwig, a psychotherapist and substance abuse counselor who has not treated Indio, warns he is not out of the woods. “There is genetic vulnerability in the family history,” Dr. Ludwig told The ENQUIRER.