After struggling to keep it a secret from the world since the late 1980s, Jamie Lee Curtis revealed her battle with opioid addiction.
In an exclusive interview with People, the actress is quoted saying: “I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic. I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.”
People adds: “Curtis has a long family history of addiction. Her father, ‘Some Like It Hot’ actor Tony Curtis, abused alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Her half-brother Nicholas Curtis died from a heroin overdose in 1994.”
The report also notes: “The actress says she was prescribed opiates for the first time in 1989 after minor plastic surgery ‘for my hereditary puffy eyes.’ She spent the next decade getting painkillers any way she could. She even stole pills from friends and family, including her older sister Kelly, who was the first person to find out about her addiction in 1998.”
Curtis, 59, has now been sober for almost 20 years, the story reports. She has been married to actor-director Christopher Guest for 33 years.
“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” Curtis told the publication. “Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment … bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything.”