The Story of Cameron Douglas and Importance of Family Support When Struggling With Addiction
39-year-old Cameron Douglas is Oscar Winner Michael Douglas’ oldest son. He comes from Douglas’ first marriage to Diandra Luker. He is also the grandson of Diana Dill and Kirk Douglas. He’s made appearances in different films such as It Runs in The Family and Mr. Nice Guy. Since growing up in New York, he faced some troubles with the law. He was first charged in 1999 with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. It was eventually dropped when he plead guilty to disorderly conduct. However, he would be charged with a controlled substance possession felony after he was found with a syringe containing liquid cocaine in the car. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) eventually detained him for possessing meth (0.5 pounds) on July 28, 2009. He was charged with intent to distribute, which carries 10 years of prison time minimally and a maximum of life.
He eventually plead guilty to both his possession of heroin as well as drug distribution after his girlfriend put heroin inside an electric toothbrush giving it to him while he was under house arrest on January 27, 2010. He was given a five-year sentence for both heroin possession and dealing drugs such as cocaine and meth from a New York hotel room during April 2010. As time went on, Douglas’ troubles continued.
He plead guilty to prison drug possession in October 2011, and that December, he was given an additional 4.5 years added to his prison sentence. The next December, he had his leg broken by another inmate, and in January 2013, he was in a prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and drugs were discovered to be in his body. Following his failing a urinalysis test, he went to a segregated house. That April, he lost his appeal to have a reduction in his sentence.
Douglas was eventually sent to a halfway house in New York City following his early prison release on August 1, 2016. He had spent seven years behind bars with two of those being in solitary confinement during his prison sentence. He did not end up in an orange county rehab. Speaking to the Daily Mail UK, he finally opened up about how important his family was to him. “My family never gave upon on me, not for one second,” Douglas stated.
With his father now married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, it could have been a difficult situation. However, she was nothing but supportive of Douglas. “Catherine is a scrapper, she’s someone who came from Wales and clawed her way to the very top through sheer talent and determination,” Douglas said. “She never gives up on anything and she didn’t quit on me. The love of my family got me through my darkest days.”
He said that while he worked out and did yoga not only to maintain his sanity in prison but help to put his life back together, he felt like he was living a nightmare. “When the cell door slammed shut on the first night of my incarceration, I felt like I was in a bad dream, that I would wake up,” Douglas said. “But the dream carried on and got worse. I lived a nightmare for seven years but the love of my family never wavered.” While his family supported him, he admitted being related to Michael and Kirk Douglas did not help things while in prison.
“If anything it put a target on my back,” Douglas said. “Celebrity means nothing inside. I found people I wanted to hang out with and they had my back and I had theirs.” Today, though, Douglas lives a different life on the outside with his Brazilian girlfriend, Viviane Thibes, and his newborn daughter, Lua Izzy. Thibes kept by him throughout his years of incarceration. He recognizes how valuable his freedom and sobriety is. He does not need an orange county rehab anymore.
“I know how lucky I am to be sitting here talking to you,” Douglas stated. He seems to have finally discovered peace in his Hollywood Hills-rented home surrounded by Buddha statues with his sunny future ahead of him.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.