Michael Douglas is worried his children with Catherine Zeta-Jones may inherit an 'addiction gene' from him
Michael Douglas had been to rehab previously for alcohol and drug addiction, while his eldest son Cameron battled a heroin addiction in the past
Michael Douglas is a worried man, and the cause of his worries is his family's genealogy and what effect it might have on his children. The legendary actor has expressed concern that his teenage children will inherit the same 'addiction gene' he has had to battle throughout his life.
Douglas, who shares two children with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 18-year-old son Dylan, and 15-year-old daughter Carys, has confessed in an interview that he 'worries' they will be plagued with the same battles he has had to endure.
As fans would know, Douglas had been to rehab previously for alcohol and drug addiction, while his eldest son Cameron battled a heroin addiction in the past. As for the other Douglas men, Michael's half-brother Eric Douglas sadly died from an accidental overdose at the age of 46 in 2004.
Talking about his fears that his teenage children would have to battle the same addiction problems as his family, Michael confessed: "You have to be careful, so you learn about genetics. It's on both sides of my family — so with my younger ones, they keep a much closer eye on it."
The 'Wall Street' actor also confessed during the interview that he has "ongoing conversations" with his children about addiction, as he recalled his own experience with it over the years. "I was in rehab in 1991, probably more alcohol, but drugs were a part of it. I lost my brother and my eldest boy spent seven and a half years in federal prison for a non-violent drug offense — now he is fine, doing really well."
Reports say that Douglas took the conscious decision of getting admitted into a rehab facility to fulfill a 30-day treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction. Speaking about his stint in rehab, the actor said, "I had an alcohol issue — I’d just lost my stepfather and it was a good rehab session; it certainly helped me find out a couple of things."
Opening about his son Cameron, who also battled a heroin addiction and served time in prison for drug-related charges, Douglas said at the time, "I’ve taken blame about being a bad father — if being a bad father is working your butt off trying to create a career at one time."
He added: "You finally end up with who you choose to hang out with. In Cameron’s position, he took a lot of lowlifes and he was a very attractive target to hang out with, and I don’t think that helped, either… I’m willing to take the hit."