Wes Cage: ‘I Was Digging My Grave’ with Substance Abuse – Until My Baby Saved Me

02/06/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

Since welcoming son Lucian Augustus with wife Danielle last year, Wes Cage has been soaking up every moment with his new family.

It’s a stark contrast from the dramatic headlines that used to follow Nicolas Cage‘s elder son — a bloody fight with his former trainer, a messy split from ex Nikki Williams — and one that he welcomes wholeheartedly after a tough battle with substance abuse.

“It got to the point where people thought I was digging my grave,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively about his journey to sobriety. “Lucian’s saved both of our lives, and we are very blessed to have him. It’s just a very joyous time right now.”

Drinking multiple cases of beer, a box of wine, hard liquor and taking pills throughout a single day at his lowest point, Cage, 24, quit alcohol cold turkey after landing in the hospital in 2012 after suffering from a severe withdrawal.

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At the time, his first marriage to Williams was ending, and Cage met Danielle, also 24, shortly after through mutual friends.

“When I met him, he was on his way to getting sober,” Danielle tells PEOPLE. “I could see he was trying so hard to make [his marriage] work even though he wasn’t being appreciated. My first bit of advice to him is you need someone who loves you as much as you love them.”

The new parents — who tied the knot in England in 2013 — now live a low-key life with Lucian, 7 months, in Los Angeles.

“Spending time with both of them is peaceful,” says Danielle. “We can be doing anything, and as long as we’re doing it together, it’s perfect.”

Adds Cage: “I want him to know what real guitar playing is, so I play Spanish music for him. We just spend skin-to-skin contact time and listen to flamenco music … he loves it.”

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Cage, who is estranged from his mother Christina Fulton, also keeps in close contact with dad Nicolas, 51.

“Weston is what I call the total artist,” the actor tells PEOPLE. “He can do things I dream about doing … compose music, sing, act, sculpt and cook and now he is a loving father. To see my son with my grandson is as close to a sense of blissful completion I ever had.”

For Cage, the easiest part of staying sober has been wanting to be the best for his family. “Having the combination of Danielle and Lucian and my father in my life, just that trinity right there, basically is going to keep me here,” he says.

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For more on Cage’s road to sobriety and for exclusive photos of baby Lucian, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

— Melody Chiu

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RR on

Kinda reminds me of Kanye, if you do not smile, your kids won’t smile.

CC on

what a cute family! so glad to hear wes is doing better ans staying clean!

cindyann on

Really RR, that is what you took out of his whole story, what a loser you are, you see the negatives in everything, what a pathetic life to live. ANYWAY, congrats to you for getting sober and for loving your wife and son so much you want to stay that way..It is a hard road.

Stace on

Weston’s a creep. When his split from Nikki occurred, I added him on facebook after TMZ ranting about his facebook. He placed intimate photos of Nikki and then proceeded to randomly message me and said some really weird things. Hopefully he isn’t as crazy anymore and he’s matured.

Angelica on

Well it’s a good thing he is turning his life around. His little boy is cute.

Arialana Sanchez on

That baby is just gorgeous!! Wishing them great health and happiness as a family!!

dysturbed on

RR, some of the happiest people I know don’t smile in pics, simply because they don’t like their smile for whatever reason. I’m sure that others can attest to knowing some people like that too. Maybe that applies to Weston.

Vm on

His son has a cute name, glad he is turning around.

Zeze on

@ Cindyann you are an internet bully!

AbbyDogg on

Another messed up kid of a celebrity. Hope Weston really has got his life together. Lucian is adorable.

Ellen on

I wish him and his family the best. Years ago I made the same decision and 20 years later I am so very glad I did. There are too many great moments to experience in life where one can and should be very mindful, rather than miss out in a stupor. For all the bad days known to man, the good are more than worth trudging soberly through the bad.

mer on

Hopefully he’s found his way out of misery. Good luck to the whole family. I love it when men change because and thanks to their babies.

Anonymous on

RR- Except that we’ve seen plenty of pictures of Nori smiling. Guess you’ll have to come up with a new theory. 😉

Anyway, I hope he truly has beaten his demons!

FelicityJune on

He’s got the same dead expression on his face as his father. Not nice to look at, but that’s just my opinion!!

cindyann on

Ok Zeze, do tell how I am a internet bully please? You are VERY melodramatic Dear, do you take meds for that? Lmao geez

Smithy on

He wasn’t being “appreciated” in his old relationship. How tragic. I hope he’s okay and has pulled through. Thanks for sharing.

Smithy on

@cindyann

Add me to the list. I don’t know about bully, but you sure are an arse.

emma on

All the best to him

Hea on

Two beautiful boys. 🙂

GG on

Gorgeous family photos!

Guest on

Good he got out of the misery and is sober!

Liza on

Spooky.

Tes on

What a scummy thing of the new wife to say, basically saying “oh youre not looked after so i will” sounds like a total homewrecker.

If you look at the wedding pics, youll see she was trying to hard to look like his ex wife SO HARD. This woman looks dead in the eyes.

Even the pose the poor guy has now is so submissive and weak.

I feel bad for him. Kid looks nothing like him either.

My heart breaks for his mum though. Probably the first time shes seen her grandkid.

This chick is this mans creative grave.

His ex may have been crazy but this woman looks like a real nasty piece of work, yuk. Good luck kid, youre gonna need it

Tes on

LOL at half of the photos on Wes’ site are of this woman.

The whole family looks sad empty and lacking anything.

SAD SAD SAD