Wes Bentley was a crippling heroin addict for a couple of years and has said to recover successfully after getting inspiration from Robert Downey Jr. Robert’s openness about his drug use is what inspired Wes Bentley to realise the issue and help himself as well as many others in the future.
Wes Bentley’s History With Drug Use
The American Horror Story actor was said to be on the doors of death and in the deepest stage of addiction when he actually realized his issue and started working on the same. Bentley’s addiction started way back in 1999 when he starred in the famous movie, American Beauty. Wes Bentley mentioned that initially he earned money just to satisfy his addiction and buy more drugs.
Coming from a normal household and not seeing so much money in the past along with many other factors combined started Bentley’s drug addiction. Back in 2008, Bentley was arrested for the possession of heroin and was made to go for a rehab program. However, he relapsed and fell into the same trap of drugs once again.
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How Robert Downey Jr. Helped Wes Bentley
During a premiere in New York, Wes Bentley mentioned that Robert Downey Jr. inspired him to get rid of his problem. The actor claimed that looking at someone like Robert Downey Jr. being so open and upfront about his problem made him combat the issue and get free from the clutches of drug use.
The 12-step program that Bentley was enrolled in helped him a lot to recover and he followed it with diligence. The actor attended all the meetings and kept great faith in the higher power. He missed looking out of the windows and experiencing the whole world outside, all of which was lost somewhere because of the excessive drug use.
Looking at someone like Robertr Downey Jr. going through the same problem and finally breaking free from it helped the Hunger Games star to work on himself. Bentley is sober since 2009 and keeps on inspiring millions of people with the same issue. Ever since his break from the world of drugs, Bentley has seen huge success in his career by playing commendable roles in Hollywood.
Indeed Robert Downey Jr. played a huge role in inspiring Wes Bentley and saved his life in many ways. This proves how someone can get inspiration from people and improve their lives by just learning some valuable lessons.
Source: Page Six