Jamie Lee Curtis: “I’m the opiate girl”

Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about addiction she hid for 10 years: ‘no one knew’

PEOPLE – Jamie Lee Curtis is opening up about her secret addiction to opiates that began in the late ’80s.

“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.”

Curtis’s father, actor Tony Curtis, abused alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. Her half-brother Nicholas died from a heroin overdose.

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.

The veteran actress has been sober for nearly 20 years and says she continues to attend meetings, offering help to others who are struggling with 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.

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