Michael Douglas was convinced his son Cameron Douglas was going to lose his battle with drug addiction.
“There were moments when hope dwindled … and then it’s just a train out of the station,” Oscar-winning Michael, 75, told People. “Life became a series of crises. I thought I was going to lose him.”
Cameron, 40, became addicted to cocaine and heroin as a teenager and eventually transitioned into dealing drugs. He served nearly eight years in prison — two of which were in solitary confinement — but his time spent behind bars led him to a life of sobriety.
“I hated the wreckage I saw in my life because of drugs, but I just couldn’t stop,” Cameron told the magazine of his addiction.
He was released in 2016.
Now a father to 22-month-old daughter Lua with longtime girlfriend Viviane Thiebes, 41, Cameron wants to help others “seek help — and maybe save a life” with his new memoir, “Long Way Home,” out Oct. 22.
In one part of the memoir, excerpted by People, Cameron writes about Michael wanting to keep his distance before Cameron got locked up, worried how Cameron’s addiction would affect his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their two children, Dylan and Carys.
“I have young children and a wife I need to protect. This isn’t fair to them,” Michael said, as written by Cameron.
“Don’t you love me anymore, Dad?” Cameron responded.
“Of course I love you, Cameron. But I’m not going to nurture a relationship with you, because I think you’re going to die. I’ve been seeing a therapist about it … I think you’re going to overdose, or someone’s going to kill you, or you’re going to kill someone. I’m trying to prepare myself emotionally.”
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