`Charlie is emotionally child, going through hell`

London: Troubled actor Charlie Sheen is still "emotionally" a child and is going through hell, according to his father Martin Sheen.

The American actor has been the subject of a media frenzy in recent weeks.

Speaking about his son`s current situation, the 70-year-old actor says he believes Charlie is still emotionally a child, adding, "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".

A website reports that Martin has also endured similar problems throughout his long and distinguished career in Hollywood, as he admits: "I know what hell he`s living in. I`ve had psychotic episodes in public. 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".

In this state of mind Martin suggests, "Faith can help all of us. Addiction is the dark side".