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Jamie Lee Curtis Opens About Her Hidden Opioid Addiction, The Same As Father's And Half-Brother's, For 10 Years: "No One Knew...No One"

Date October 29, 2018 19:02

There's almost nobody who wouldn't heard about Jamie Lee Curtis, a well-known American actress and writer. She's totally incredible, but a few people know about her true colors.

She's been in the public eye from the young age passing by a plethora of various situations, such as the lack of father's attention, spotlight due to parents' fame and success. Her mental health was unstable, and she suffered from low-self esteem, depression, and stress due to obsessive attention from the public.

I think the fact that I had very low self-confidence growing up and in high school made me a good actress. It was easy for me to be a preppie with preppie kids and a hippie with hippie kids. I learned early to be a chameleon, to turn whatever color was needed.

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Curtis's young life was pretty messed up, but it made her one of the strongest and influential women across the globe.

Secret addiction

Nine out of ten, a celebrity was, is or might be addicted to drugs or alcohol. It's like a cliche; something commonness in daily life. Jamie Lee Curtis wasn't an exception, but she was a 'master' of hiding it for 10 years.

In a recent interview for PEOPLE, American actress opened up about her dark period. The star, 59, told that she's lucky to be alive and survive this addiction.

I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic. I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one.

It must be really tough to be all alone in such a hollow without nobody to support you, comfort, and seek for professional help.

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Curtis also added that her father, Tony Curtis, and half-brother, Nicholas Curtis, were also addicted to cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. In 1994, her brother died from heroin overdose.

In fact, she became addicted due to the medical prescription for opiates after mild surgery for "hereditary puffy eyes." She soon realized that she had wanted to consume them more and more, and she even stole painkillers from her family and friends. In 1998, her elder sister Kelly found out about her addiction. A year later she went into the first recovery.

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.  

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Now, she's more than happy as she's been sober for 20 years. She tries to help people with the same problem and support centers which fight 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.

Life after 50

Inevitably, aging is one of the most distressing moments, but it's not the reason to be upset and give up.

Jamie Lee Curtis omits Hollywood beauty standards and lets herself be natural: with health problems, white hair, weaker organism, etc.

What does it say that you walk into a room and not one person’s hair is her natural color. You go, What?

Besides, keeping fit is always a good idea, and the star considers it as one of the vital things. 

I feel like we’re going to have a big aerobics resurgence, ’cause that made sense.  You’re in a room with people, music – you jump around, sweat and call it a day. Remember the cool-down? When you finished, you went, “Ah, that felt good.”  

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Though Curtis has a lot of terrible and dark moments, she's dealt with them and is now living her best years in peace and love.

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