We can't imagine what it must be like to watch someone you love suffer from addiction, especially so publicly.
In a May 25 interview, Martin Sheen reflected on Charlie Sheen's crazy and very public meltdown — a rocky period in his son's life which ultimately led to his firing from Two & A Half Men.
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The 74-year-old explained:
"What he was going through at that time, we were powerless to do much. Except to pray for him and lift him up."
Aww, poor Martin. Considering Charlie is an adult with kids of his own, we can understand just how powerless the actor must have felt.
"Only those of us that knew him understood what was going on. I'm talking about steroids, at that time. He was in a very desperate situation. And he was doing what he felt would get him out of it — going public. And it was very painful. No less painful for him."
Woah, steroids?! We assumed drug use played a role in Charlie's meltdown but this is the first time we're hearing of steroid use.
As for how Martin supported his son during that harrowing time period, he revealed:
"You can assure them you're there and you love them, but you cannot effect change. That's your ego, for the most part. You pray for a moment of clarity, you trust in a higher power, and you never, ever give up hope. Because that is a measure of despair."
Well, we're glad the West Wing star didn't give up on the 49-year-old because it seems like Charlie has cleaned up his life…for the most part.
So, what do YOU think of Martin's comments regarding his son's meltdown?
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