You might look at Jamie Lee Curtis’ life and think it’s perfect. I mean, she’s a successful actress with millions of dollars who just starred in the number one film at the box office.
But she’s still faced a lot of struggles in her life. After receiving minor plastic surgery back 1989, Curtis was prescribed opiates for the first time. That little prescription started a 10-year opioid addiction.
From 1989 to 1999 Curtis was doing everything she could to get her hands on the pain medicine. In a recent interview with People Magazine, she explained how bad it got…
“I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic. I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.”
She started stealing drugs from friends and family. In 1998, her sister Kelly finally discovered she had an addiction. She was the first person to notice.
“In February 1999, Curtis began attending recovery meetings and told her longtime husband, director Christopher Guest, of her dependency. Nearly 20 years later, she continues to attend meetings and offer support to those who are struggling.”
Addiction runs in the Curtis family. Her father abused alcohol, heroin and cocaine, and her half-brother Nicholas died of a heroin overdose in 1994.
“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family. 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.”