From Privilege to Prison: Michael Douglas’ Son Shares a Story of Addiction and Recovery
04 Nov 2019
In a recent interview in Variety, Cameron Douglas, son of Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael and grandson of Hollywood legend, Kirk, explained why he wrote his new bestseller, Long Way Home. “I can’t go back and change a lot of my decisions and the pain and the wreckage that some of those decisions have caused,” he said. “What I did endeavor to do is take those experiences and turn them into something useful.” In Long Way Home, which has climbed to #1 on Amazon, Cameron provides an unflinching account of his dangerous descent into years of addiction and incarceration—and his inspiring rise to recovery and return to society and family. Contrasting what it is like to grow up as Hollywood royalty with hitting rock bottom as a heroin addict, Cameron shares his struggle to return to society and family after almost eight years in federal prison.
Since the book’s release, Cameron has made numerous television appearances, including a notable Diane Sawyer special alongside his famous father. Inspired to bring his message to live audiences, Cam has also signed exclusively with APB Speakers, the family-run bureau that has worked with Michael Douglas for decades. Cameron’s unforgettable talks chart his path from privilege to prison—empowering all of those touched by addiction to pursue their own Long Way Home. “My hope, “ he said, “is that I’ll be able to share my experiences and connect with people who are struggling with addiction and the families dealing with loved ones struggling with addiction."