How the Son of a Hollywood Legend Descended Into Drug Addiction

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Cameron Douglas and his father, Michael Douglas, are speaking candidly about the former's descent into drug addiction.

Cameron told ABC News that he was “pretty close” to dying, adding, “I was playing chicken with myself.”

In a new memoir titled "Long Way Home" and on an ABC special, the son of the “Traffic” actor discussed his troubled life. 

He was 9 when his dad won the Best Actor Oscar for “Wall Street.” As Michael Douglas’ career was flying high, he embraced his fame with wild parties at his Hollywood home.

"Even as a really young kid, I remember running joints back and forth dad would say, 'Hey, bring this over to your uncle,' and I would, not realizing until years later what it had been,” Cameron recalled.  

Michael admitted he neglected his son, saying, “My career was first. My career came before my family. My marriage was not great and so you do hide yourself in your work.”

Unsupervised, Cameron began to experiment with drugs, saying at 13 he did pot, then at 15 he tried cocaine, at 17 he sampled meth, and by 19 he was doing liquid cocaine. When he was 26, he tried heroin. 

At one point, he was injecting liquid cocaine every three hours, Cameron said.

Inside Edition got exclusive access to Cameron’s Los Angeles drug den after he was evicted for not paying the rent in 2009. 

Cameron's grandfather Kirk Douglas attempted an intervention, offering him a movie role in 2003’s “It Runs in the Family” if he went to rehab. But he didn't stay clean for long.

In the book, Cameron shares heartbreaking voicemails from his father, desperate to get his son help.

Then in 2009, it all came crashing down when he was arrested for drug possession at New York’s Gansevoort hotel. Cameron was sentenced to five years in prison and then got two more tacked on for smuggling drugs. While there, he got an impressive array of tattoos including portraits of his father and grandfather on his abs.

Cameron says he's remained clean and sober since his release from prison in 2016, and is rebuilding his relationships with his family.

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