“You know, Charlie’s 45 years old. He’s not a kid. Emotionally he still is. Because when you’re addicted, you don’t grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you’re starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You’re emotionally crippled,” says Martin, who battled addiction to alcohol himself. He said he very well understands his son.
“I know what hell he’s living in,” he reveals. “I’ve had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera — the opening scene of ‘Apocalypse Now.’ So I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that’s the most difficult thing. You have to have courage,” reports The Telegraph.
The 70-year-old actor says that Charlie only listens to him “occasionally”. As for what he believes can save Charlie, he says, “Faith can help all of us. Addiction is the dark side. It’s a reflection of despair.”