Martin Sheen Says Dealing with Charlie is “A Roller Coaster Ride”
04/04/2011 - 13:00 ||
For months, Martin Sheen has been vocal about his son Charlie Sheen’s recurring struggles with drug-addiction. In January, Martin reportedly planned to go to court to gain conservatorship of the Two & A Half Men star and last month, the concerned father opened up to a Sky News reporter in the U.K. about his son’s worsening condition—which he likened to Cancer—and said the best way to heal Charlie was to “love that much more..be that much more present.”
Now Martin Sheen is speaking out once again about his son in an interview with Kirsty Young, host of the BBC Radio show, 4's Desert Island Discs. “Charlie is dealing with the most profound problems and addiction, it is no secret," said Sheen, 70. "His behavior has been an example of that."
Martin compared his son’s addiction to a terminal illness. "So, if he had cancer, how would we deal with him? Well, he has another disease and it is equally as dangerous as cancer. And so we lift him up and we pray for him and be present to him. And we try to meet with him as much as we can. But he is an adult and he needs a lot of help on a lot of different levels."
So what's it been like for Sheen and his family to watch Charlie's downward spiral? "He has been out there on his own for a very long time and as a family you never get used to it. It is a rollercoaster ride and it's been going on for some time. So we deal with it every day," he said.