Jamie Lee Curtis – 23 Years Sober and Breaking the Family Cycle

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Jamie Lee Curtis was a big winner at this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony. She won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once. 

Jamie Lee Curtis has had a fruitful career spanning decades and is a well know celebrity in addiction recovery. She made her on-screen debut in the 1978 classic, Halloween. She has since gone on to win two Golden Globe awards, a British Academy Film Award, and has even earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

However, Curtis’s career hasn’t always been smooth sailing. She shared with People Magazine that she became addicted to prescription opioids in 1989 following minor cosmetic surgery. She struggled with opioid addiction for a decade. Curtis has shared in multiple interviews that she kept her addiction a secret for ten years until it got so bad that she began stealing pills from her sister, Kelly. It was Kelly who first discovered her sister’s addiction. In early 1999, Curtis attended her first recovery meeting. Today, she is an incredible 23 years sober.

Jamie Lee Curtis’s father also struggled with addiction, battling alcohol, cocaine, and heroin use. Her brother struggled with heroin use as well and fell victim to an overdose in 1994. In her interview with People Magazine, Curtis shared, “I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family. Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment … bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children, and bigger than any work, success, or failure. Anything.”

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