From the scion of Hollywood royalty--son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas--a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison.
Cameron Douglas is born into wealth, privilege, and comfort. His parents are glamorous jet-setters, his father a superstar, his mother a beautiful socialite, his grandfather a legend. On the surface, his life seems golden. But by the age of thirty, he has taken a hellish dive: he's become a drug addict, a thief, and--after a DEA drug bust--a convicted drug dealer sentenced to five years in prison, with another five years added to his sentence while incarcerated. Eventually he will spend two years in solitary, where he manages, nonetheless, to hold fast to the brutal ethos of prison survival . . . until: he begins to reverse his savage transformation, to understand the psychological turmoil that has tormented him for years, and to prepare for what will be a profoundly challenging, but eventually deeply satisfying and successful, reentry into society at large.
Sparing no one in his sphere--least of all himself--Cameron Douglas gives us a raw and unstintingly honest recounting of his harrowing, remarkable, and, in the end, inspiring life story.
In an unblinking, meticulously detailed memoir, Douglas son of actor Michael Douglas discusses his crippling "liquid cocaine" and heroin addiction and recovery. Born in California in 1978, Douglas grew up surrounded by wealth but often felt neglected by his parents, especially his father, who once hired a busboy to serve as his son's nanny and "more constant male influence." The book jumps back and forth between Douglas's troubled years as a teen (he began smoking pot at 13) and desperate adult, as he became increasingly unhinged on multiday benders. "Every shot, I want to take myself right to the brink of overdose," he writes. He shot up in his closet; robbed a motel for cash; sold crystal meth and coke; and was arrested on drug charges in 2009. Douglas charts his seven years at various prisons, into which he smuggled drugs ("t has been a revelation to me just how much contraband the lower bowel can accommodate") and where he eventually kicked his habit. Douglas ends with a hopeful overview of his post-prison life beginning in 2016, during which he started a family and began acting. Douglas's raw examination of addiction and prison life serves as a cold reminder of the destructive power of drugs.
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A Short Way Home
I could not put the book down! So real, raw and all of a sudden, I don’t have any problems.