Jamie Lee Curtis is back in a big way with the new “Halloween” film but in the years after the original slasher film, she went through a much darker time.
In a new interview with People, the 59-year-old actress opens up about her opioid addiction, which she developed in the late 1980s.
Curtis explains that she was first prescribed painkillers after going through minor plastic surgery in 1989, which turned into a 10-year struggle with opioids.
“I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic,” Curtis says. “I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.”
She says that she did everything she could to get painkillers, including stealing from her sister Kelly, who discovered her addiction in 1998; in 1999 the actress began going to recovery meetings.
“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” Curtis says. “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.”
Curtis’ family have a history with addiction, including her father Tony Curtis, who abused alcohol and drugs, and her brother Nicholas, who died from a heroin overdose in 1994.
The actress says she is 20 years sober but still goes to recovery meetings.
“In recovery meetings, anyone who brings up opiates, the entire room will turn and look at me because I’ll be like, ‘Oh, here, talk to me. I’m the opiate girl,’” Curtis says.