The famed Hollywood actor struggled with his lifelong addiction to alcohol and drugs; also Cameron, his first heir and his half brother
Michael Douglas fears his sons with Catherine Zeta Jones have inherited their genetic predisposition for addictions.
The actor confessed in an interview with The Mirror that he is concerned about this; Dylan, 18, and Carys, 15, face the same battle with which he and other members of his family have struggled throughout their lives.
In the past, Douglas had to go into a rehab center because of his dependence on alcohol and drugs. Cameron, his eldest son, has been battling heroin addiction. And his half brother, Eric Douglas, died of an accidental overdose in 2004, at age 46, quoted infobae.com.
"You have to be careful, so you learn about genetics, we have it from both sides of my family, so the younger ones are more attentive to that," said the interpreter.
Michael Douglas and his daughter Cameron Douglas
He added that he continually talks with his children about this issue to prevent them from following the same path.
"In 1991, I went into a rehab center, more for alcohol than for drugs, but drugs were also part of the problem, I lost my brother and my eldest son was arrested in a federal prison for a non-violent crime related to the use of Now he's fine, he's doing very well. "
Michael publicly confessed in 2010 that he felt guilty about his son's problems, saying he was not "a good father."
"I take responsibility for being a bad parent – if being a bad parent is working like crazy to make his career," he said in an interview with the Today Show.
Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne Douglas with Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones and their children, Carys and Dylan
In 2010, Michael was diagnosed with tongue cancer and his treatment and recovery affected his relationship with Catherine Zeta Jones. The actress had to enter a rehab center to treat her depression in 2011 and then again in 2013.
"Bipolarity is something I've been fighting for a long time," the interpreter said in a statement about her diagnosis.
"When they give you a story like this (Michael's disease) it's a trigger that puts you off balance … lack of sleep, worry, stress, is a real trigger."
"I did not want to talk about it as publicly as I did," the star added. "I have a British mentality, it's not something I wanted to shout at the world, but when it came to light, I know I'm not the only person who suffers from it and has to deal with it every day. , so that's great. "
Michael and Catherine celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary this month.