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Cameron Douglas, 40, says his life was spirited when he heard his father Michael Douglas, 75, cheating on his mother Diandra Luker

Cameron Douglas revealed his life in a spiral when he was only seven years old when he discovered that his Hollywood starfather cheated on his mother, causing him to become addicted to crystal meth at the age of 13.

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The 40-year-old opened his dark fight with drug abuse with ABC News & Diane Sawyer on Tuesday evening with his actor father Michael Douglas, 75, who admitted & # 39; I didn't think you would make it & # 39 ;.

Cameron promoted his new book Long Way Home in which he revealed that he & # 39; chicken & # 39; played with his life and started abusing drugs at the age of 13 with marijuana, which escalated into sniffing cocaine at the age of 15, sampling crystal meth at the age of 17, liquid doing cocaine at 19 and heroin at 26.

He confessed that he was struggling to live in the shadow of his father Michael and Hollywood legend grandfather Kirk Douglas, 102, and grew up viewing their ritzy, partying lifestyle.

Cameron Douglas, 40, says his life was spirited when he heard his father Michael Douglas, 75, cheating on his mother Diandra Luker

Cameron Douglas, 40, says his life was spirited when he heard his father Michael Douglas, 75, cheating on his mother Diandra Luker

The 40-year-old opened his dark chapter in life with ABC News & Diane Sawyer on Tuesday evening along with his actor father Michael Douglas, 75, who admitted & # 39; I didn't think you could make it to Cameron for decades of drug use.

The 40-year-old opened his dark chapter in life with ABC News & Diane Sawyer on Tuesday evening along with his actor father Michael Douglas, 75, who admitted & # 39; I didn't think you could make it to Cameron for decades of drug use.

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The 40-year-old opened his dark chapter in life with ABC News & Diane Sawyer on Tuesday evening along with his actor father Michael Douglas, 75, who admitted & # 39; I didn't think you could make it to Cameron for decades of drug use.

Cameron was seven when his mother told him that Michael was cheating on her, causing him binge eating and crying himself to sleep. Michael, Diandra and Cameron pictured above

Cameron was seven when his mother told him that Michael was cheating on her, causing him binge eating and crying himself to sleep. Michael, Diandra and Cameron pictured above

Cameron was seven when his mother told him that Michael was cheating on her, causing him binge eating and crying himself to sleep. Michael, Diandra and Cameron pictured above

When he was sent to boarding school at the age of 13, Cameron says he tried marijuana and for the first time the & # 39; pressure increase & # 39; and it felt like a & # 39; path out of his loneliness & # 39; found

When he was sent to boarding school at the age of 13, Cameron says he tried marijuana and for the first time the & # 39; pressure increase & # 39; and it felt like a & # 39; path out of his loneliness & # 39; found

When he was sent to boarding school at the age of 13, Cameron says he tried marijuana and for the first time the & # 39; pressure increase & # 39; and it felt like a & # 39; path out of his loneliness & # 39; found

Cameron says his drug journey began at a young age and saw his bigshot father and famous friends in the house mingle with abusive drugs.

At the age of seven, his mother Diandra Luker told him that his father was having an affair and he started crying to sleep and eat attacks.

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When he was sent to boarding school at the age of 13, Cameron says he tried marijuana and for the first time the & # 39; pressure increase & # 39; and it felt like a & # 39; path out of his loneliness & # 39; found.

& # 39; One after the other, one after the other. He just caught up with himself. It was an 18-year-old nightmare, & his father Michael Douglas remembered.

Because of Cameron's drug use, he was kicked out of school and quickly escalated into cocaine and heroin. At one point he was so desperate to get high that he would shoot cocaine in his neck and rib cage.

Michael Douglas was 34 when his son was born and said he was unaware of the pressure that the long shadow of Douglas' paternal line would feel.

& # 39; My career was first. My career came before my family. My marriage was not great. I should have focused more on my family, but that's hard to say when you're in the middle of a career, stepping out of your father's shadow in your own mind and trying to create a life of your own, & # 39; Michael known.

Cameron introduced football at boarding school
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Cameron introduced football at boarding school

Because of Cameron's drug use, he was kicked out of school and quickly escalated into cocaine and heroin

Because of Cameron's drug use, he was kicked out of school and quickly escalated into cocaine and heroin

Because of Cameron's drug use, he was kicked out of school and quickly escalated into cocaine and heroin. At one point he was so desperate to get high that he would shoot cocaine in his neck and rib cage.

Cameron depicted on a table with a joint in his hand. In his new book Long Way Home, he says he started abusing drugs at the age of 13 with marijuana, which escalated into sniffing cocaine at 15, taking crystal meth at 17, doing liquid cocaine at 19 and heroin at 26

Cameron depicted on a table with a joint in his hand. In his new book Long Way Home, he says he started abusing drugs at the age of 13 with marijuana, which escalated into sniffing cocaine at 15, taking crystal meth at 17, doing liquid cocaine at 19 and heroin at 26

Cameron depicted on a table with a joint in his hand. In his new book Long Way Home, he says he started abusing drugs at the age of 13 with marijuana, which escalated into sniffing cocaine at 15, taking crystal meth at 17, doing liquid cocaine at 19 and heroin at 26

He confessed that he struggled to live in the shadow of his Hollywood sire Michael and grandfather Kirk Douglas, 102, and grew up watching their ritzy, partying lifestyle
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He confessed that he struggled to live in the shadow of his Hollywood sire Michael and grandfather Kirk Douglas, 102, and grew up watching their ritzy, partying lifestyle

He confessed that he struggled to live in the shadow of his Hollywood sire Michael and grandfather Kirk Douglas, 102, and grew up watching their ritzy, partying lifestyle

Although he makes it clear in the book that he only blames himself for the waste of his privileged beginnings, Cameron was exposed to the party scene at an early age

Although he makes it clear in the book that he only blames himself for the waste of his privileged beginnings, Cameron was exposed to the party scene at an early age

Although he makes it clear in the book that he only blames himself for the waste of his privileged beginnings, Cameron was exposed to the party scene at an early age

Michael eventually divorced Cameron's mother in 2000 after 23 years of marriage and married actress Catherine Zeta Jones.

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He said that after years of watching his son go in and out of rehabilitation centers in vain, he was forced to give him an ultimatum.

& # 39; You are my son and I love you, but I think you will die, & # 39; Douglas said one day after he had reached his mind.

For years, Cameron suffered from cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth, and led a life of self-destruction that ended up in prison for eight years in 2009.

For years, Cameron suffered from cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth, and led a life of self-destruction that ended up in prison for eight years in 2009.

For years, Cameron suffered from cocaine and heroin addiction, sold crystal meth, and led a life of self-destruction that ended up in prison for eight years in 2009.

& # 39; I was no longer willing to commit emotionally, & # 39; Douglas reminded himself. Cameron replied: & # 39; Don't you love me anymore, Dad? & # 39;

Douglas then limited his son's money, which led him to rob local shops with a Glock in hand. He called robbing an older woman for a $ 20 chump change the & # 39; lowest point & # 39; of his life.

Cameron eventually turned to the treatment of crystal meth, disguised as bath salts in gift baskets and ended in thousands.

He sold crystal meth for half a year until he was arrested in 2009 in an angel operation at the Gansevoort hotel in Manhattan, where he later committed guilty of heroin possession and drug-delivery conspiracy.

He was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but in 2011 Cameron received another four and a half years for possession of contraband that tested positive for cocaine and heroin.

He finally spent a total of seven years behind bars in federal prison – two in solitary confinement. But he says it was a prison where he joined addicted support groups and began to meditate, changing his life.

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& # 39; It went away from addiction and allowed me to see things more clearly and then the constant love and support of my family – never gave me up & # 39 ;, Cameron said.

His frustrated mother, Diandra Luker, was furious when she found a bag of marijuana among the film star's possessions. Pictured: Cameron and daughter Lua Izzy with his partner Vivian Thibes at home in Los Angeles

His frustrated mother, Diandra Luker, was furious when she found a bag of marijuana among the film star's possessions. Pictured: Cameron and daughter Lua Izzy with his partner Vivian Thibes at home in Los Angeles

His frustrated mother, Diandra Luker, was furious when she found a bag of marijuana among the film star's possessions. Pictured: Cameron and daughter Lua Izzy with his partner Vivian Thibes at home in Los Angeles

Cameron depicted with his legendary grandfather Kirk and daughter Lua

Cameron depicted with his legendary grandfather Kirk and daughter Lua

Cameron depicted with his legendary grandfather Kirk and daughter Lua

In his new book, Long Way Home, Cameron Douglas (left) admits he was born in Hollywood royalty, but his life has been anything but a fairy tale. The son of Michael Douglas (right), 75, and the grandson of silversmith legend, Kirk Douglas, 102, Cameron reveals the difficulties he struggled with growing up in the long shadow cast by his paternal origin
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In his new book, Long Way Home, Cameron Douglas (left) admits he was born in Hollywood royalty, but his life has been anything but a fairy tale. The son of Michael Douglas (right), 75, and the grandson of silversmith legend, Kirk Douglas, 102, Cameron reveals the difficulties he struggled with growing up in the long shadow cast by his paternal origin

In his new book, Long Way Home, Cameron Douglas (left) admits he was born in Hollywood royalty, but his life has been anything but a fairy tale. The son of Michael Douglas (right), 75, and the grandson of silversmith legend, Kirk Douglas, 102, Cameron reveals the difficulties he struggled with growing up in the long shadow cast by his paternal origin

He received a rude awakening in prison when he heard that his father was diagnosed with throat cancer in stage four.

& # 39; And I have never seen anyone & # 39; s body change so drastically. I mean, it's real – it's a real fight for your life, "Cameron said when his father visited him after his chemotherapy.

He remembered that his grandfather had visited him behind bars and said: & # 39; Do what you have to do to get home. & # 39;

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On June 13, 2016, he finally left the vow never to return to his old ways.

Now he has a new life with his baby daughter Lua, now two, with the former Brazilian model Vivian Thibes.

He takes acting lessons and has a number of film parties, but is still on trial. He proudly notes that he regularly performs drug tests that have not shown any traces of cocaine or meth in the past five years.

When he closed the interview, Cameron asked his father one last question: & I wonder if you really didn't think I would make it or if you held on to the hope that I would get through it. & # 39;

& # 39; Yes. Hope. But no, I didn't think it was you – I didn't think you'd make it, & Michael admitted, his eyes sparkling with emotion.

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