Jamie Lee Curtis has been sober for around 20 years, but she’s opened up about the height of her addiction, which even saw her sharing drugs with her dad Tony Curtis.
The actor, 60, has been open about her addiction, which began with prescription painkiller Vicodin which she was given after a routine plastic surgery to remove the ‘puffiness’ from around her eyes.
Her reliance on the opiates eventually led to her and her dad – who struggled with alcohol, cocaine and heroin – sharing much harder drugs before her sobriety.
She admitted to Variety’s Recovery Issue: ‘I knew my dad had an issue because I had an issue and he and I shared drugs.
‘There was a period of time where I was the only child that was talking to him. I had six siblings. I have five. My brother, Nicholas, died of a heroin overdose when he was 21 years old.
‘But I shared drugs with my dad. I did cocaine and freebased once with my dad. But that was the only time I did that, and I did that with him.
‘He did end up getting sober for a short period of time and was very active in recovery for about three years. It didn’t last that long. But he found recovery for a minute.’
Jamie admitted that she once stole prescription painkillers from her sister, and the thing that sparked her recovery was getting caught swallowing five Vicodin by her friend at home one night in 1998.
She explained: ‘I heard this voice [from the doorway]: “You know, Jamie, I see you. I see you with your little pills, and you think you’re so fabulous and so great, but the truth is you’re dead. You’re a dead woman.”
‘The jig was up. Now I knew someone knew. I had been nursing a secret Vicodin addiction for a very long time — over 10 years.’
Her friend catching her in the act was the first anyone, besides the person she was getting the painkillers from, knew about her addiction to the opiates, but once she went public about her recovery she would ensure there was no temptation to relapse while she was working.
She would put signs up on set that told the cast and crew there would be a ‘recovery meeting in Jamie’s trailer every day’, where anyone could drop in for an addiction recovery meeting during breaks in filming.
Jamie has maintained her sobriety for 20 years, but being careful to keep up with her meetings and even asking hotels to remove their minibar drinks before she checks in.
Read the full interview in Variety’s Recovery Issue here.
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