Cameron will soon be releasing a memoir about his decades-long struggle with addiction to cocaine and heroin.
Michael Douglas spoke to People this week about his son Cameron’s long battle with addiction and his six-year stay in prison.
The 75-year-old actor, who recently appeared in Avengers: Endgame, addressed the fear of losing his child and the cautious relief he has felt since Cameron returned to acting in 2017.
“There were moments when hope dwindled… and then it’s just a train out of the station,” said Michael. “You go from compassion for somebody you love and worry about and you balance that with your own hostility and anger as it begins to increase… I remember him looking at me and I said, ‘Listen, you know I love you but I am going to protect myself and the family.’”
Losing His Half-Brother To Overdose
Michael knows the pain of losing a family member to addiction, having lost his half-brother Eric to an overdose in 2004. Eric was only 46 when his maid found him dead in his Manhattan apartment. Toxicology reports found that he overdosed on a mix of alcohol, tranquilizers, and painkillers.
However, after a lot of personal work and some time in a halfway house, Cameron has remained sober and hope has returned to the family.
“It went from feeling [cautious] to relief, to the joy of having Cameron back,” Michael told People. “It’s like this huge storm has passed and the sun came out and you can enjoy your life again without looking over your back. It’s a wonderful feeling of being complete.”
Long Way Home
Cameron will soon be releasing a memoir about his decades-long struggle with addiction to cocaine and heroin titled Long Way Home. He also appeared in the short film Dead Layer in 2018, but he’s mostly been enjoying forming a closer bond with his father as well as his 22-month-old daughter Lua.
He hopes that his book will inspire others struggling with addiction to get help and that he might even “save a life.”
“It’s the sneaky power, the stranglehold that addiction has when you’re in the throes of it,” he said of his disease. “When you get that far down the rabbit hole, there are a couple options: there’s prison and then there’s death.”
Michael expressed his pride in his son for sticking with the treatment program and passing his story on to others.
“I’m very proud of him, not only for the book but for the way he conducts his life,” he said. “He’s talking the talk and walking the walk.”