Robert Downey Jr has never been the type to push his drug addiction aside and not speak about them. He is continuing to tell people about his struggles his stint in drug addiction treatment hoping that by speaking openly about his addiction it will help others get the treatment that they need.
On the struggles of his past: “Sometimes it’s necessary to compartmentalize the different stages of your evolution, both personally and objectively, for the people you have to love and tolerate. And one of those people, for me, is me. I have a very strong sense of that messed-up kid, that devoted theater actor, that ne’er-do-well 20-something nihilistic androgyne and that late-20s married guy with a little kid, lost, lost in narcotics—all aspects of things I don’t regret and am happy to keep a door open on. More than anything I have this sense that I’m a veteran of a war that is difficult to discuss with people who haven’t been there.”