Michael Douglas Worries His Children Will Inherit The Family ‘Addiction Gene’ He’s Had To Battle

Michael Douglas has spoken out about his battle with addiction, admitting he hopes his children don’t inherit the same gene in a candid new interview.

The 74-year-old, who shares son Dylan, 18, and daughter Carys, 15, with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 49, has previously been to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

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He lost his half-brother, Eric, to an accidental overdose aged 46 in 2004 and his son Cameron, 39, has battled a heroin addiction and served time in prison for drug-related charges.

Douglas told The Mirror, “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.

“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 offence – now he is fine, doing really well,” he added, according to the Daily Mail.

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Douglas shares his eldest son Cameron with his first wife Diandra Luker.

The actor previously entered rehab for a 30-day treatment, telling the Mail: “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.”

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