When he was just eight years old, Robert Downey Jr.’s father introduced him to drugs. It did not take long for Robert Downey Jr. to become addicted.

Robert Downey Jr. was born in April of 1965. His father, Robert Downey Sr., was an avant-garde film director with a passion for social issues. Downey Senior was also enthusiastic about drugs. In the 1988 book The New Breed, Downey said he grew up in a house where there were a lot of drugs just lying around. Unlike most households of the time where fathers and sons bonded over baseball or cars, the Downey family shared a love of acting and a passion for drugs.