by Kyle Beard on Saturday, December 21st, 2019
A lot of drug addictions start as a result of coping with anxiety and depression. Cameron Douglas’ anxiety of his father, actor Michael Douglas, continually cheating on his mother led him to self-destructive behaviors. Despite all of the turmoil his parents put him through, Douglas still thanks his parents for sticking by him in addiction recovery which shows how important family can be.
According to Douglas’ memoir “Long Way Home,” he was raised in Los Angeles to benefit his father’s career as an actor, but his mother never felt it was a good place to raise children. At seven years old, Douglas was shown a bag of marijuana by his mother to let him know his father was doing drugs as well as cheating on her. The anxiety of it all led to binge drinking and depressed nights. His father would ask Douglas to pass drugs out to his friends at house parties. Douglas would see “beautiful grown-ups doing the things that beautiful grown-ups living lives of excess do.” When the party was over, Douglas would steal leftover drugs from the guests’ belongings for himself.
Douglas used pot in boarding school to help him with his loneliness which was a gateway to cocaine and heroin. Getting kicked out of school did not stop him from doing drugs. Douglas wrote in his memoir he would inject coke three times an hour which ruined his career as a DJ. It was also tough being with his family as he felt his father was always looking at him with concern, sadness, and frustration. Douglas’ parents cut him off financially and even once tried to force him into rehab. In 2009, he was selling meth and stealing to get money. He was eventually busted and pled guilty to heroin possession and conspiracy to distribute drugs. Douglas was in jail for seven years and solitary confinement in two.
When Douglas was sentenced to prison, his parents were by his side. He got sober in prison and committed to recovering. He was released three years ago and is living with his girlfriend and baby daughter. Douglas said in his memoir how grateful he felt for his parents being there throughout this tough journey. Cameron Douglas’ story shows how some families can lead you to the path of drug addiction, but also help you get out of it.
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