Ryan O'neal and Farrah Fawcett's troubled son Redmond has been given a positive progress report as he battles substance abuse issues in a court-ordered drug treatment programme.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz heaped praise on Redmond O'Neal during a hearing on Tuesday (27Mar12), and declared he will delay sentencing on a probation violation as long as the 27 year old continues to progress.

During the hearing, O'Neal told the judge he is studying for his GED (General Educational Development Test).

Redmond was arrested last year (11) for heroin possession.

He was ordered into inpatient rehab but faces up to six years behind bars if he relapses.