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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Robert Downey Jr. Talks About Sobriety

Robert Downey Jr., the star of multiple hit movies over the years, has decided to talk about his past and his new found sobriety over the last five or six years. Years of juggling from one jail cell to the next, waking up in stranger's houses and beds, and countless drugs and drunks, Robert Downey was looking up from the bottom when he got sober. In 1987, Downey stared as Julian Wells, a rich boy who was addicted to drugs like countless other kids in Beverly Hills, whose life rapidly spirals out of his control, in the film version of the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero. Downey's life would echo Less than Zero in only a few more years after the making of that film. "It's like I have a loaded gun in my mouth and my fingers on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gunmetal," reported the BBC News, August 6, 1999.

Now, Downey who has almost six years of sobriety says, "not having done drugs for literally five or six years is a lifetime," in the November issue of Playboy. "I think of myself as someone who has no desire, use for or conscious memory of that life. And yet I don't shut the door on it, and I don't pretend it didn't happen". "To me, here's the only thing: You take responsibility, whether you're outraged by the results or not, that you in some way participate in and create what you're experiencing," he said. "It's people who stay stuck -- and I relate to this because it's a card I'm happy to play when I'm tired or overwrought -- who think, I'm a victim; I'm being victimized! You're out of line! Can you believe this? I didn't do anything wrong! Well, actually you did ... when it's going down, when the bust is on, there's never a good time to have your house raided".

Downey's continued sobriety is an inspiration as much as it a miracle, so many addicts that are celebrities like Downey do not live to be interviewed in their sobriety. Endless supplies of drugs and money allow some addicts to never see a bottom and they continue to use until something terrible happens. Robert Downey Jr's life is amazing now, he takes on huge roles in films and appears to have it all together, good things come to people who stay sober, every year will get better and better as long as you don't pick up - no matter what.

Source:
The Scoop on The Today Show

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