Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Opioid Addiction: “No One Knew”


On the outside, it could look like longtime actress Jamie Lee Curtis has always had it all. But on the inside, the Halloween star has long hidden a dark secret.

And it’s this secret that the 59-year-old is now ready to share with the world.

“I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic,” Curtis says in a new interview with People magazine about an opiate addiction that began for her back in the late eighties. “I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.”

Curtis goes on to say that her addiction specifically began in 1989, when she was prescribed medicine after undergoing minor plastic surgery. For the next ten years, Curtis says she would do anything to get her hands on painkillers until ultimately, she had to seek help in 1999.

“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” says Curtis in the interview, referring to her family’s long history with addiction. “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.”

And while Curtis has been able to remain sober for nearly 20 years, she says that she continues to attend meetings in order to help others dealing with the addiction.

“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,’” she says.

Jamie Lee Curtis stars in the new reprised “Halloween” movie, in theaters now.



Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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