Jamie Lee Curtis, aka the Scream Queen, recollects the memories of the struggling phase with her addiction to drugs and alcohol, as she was opening up in her recent interview with Variety‘s Recovery issue. Sobriety, for twenty years, the actress described the journey from addiction to getting sober.
While revealing her addiction to painkiller and alcohol, she describes, “It’s like the way you naturally feel when your body is cool, and you step into a warm bath, and you sink into it. That’s the feeling for me, what an opiate gave me, and I chased that feeling for a long time.” made her decide to get sober for her family, especially for her father.
Continuing to narrate, she explains about keeping the ten years of painkiller addiction as a secret from everyone, including her husband, Christopher Guest. The only person she shared her addiction issues and her drugs were none other than her father, actor Tony Curtis. “I shared medication with my dad. I did cocaine and freebased as soon as with my dad. However, that was the one time I did that, and I did that with him.”
Mentioning about the family addiction, she reckons, “drugs were very much a family problem” that also killed her brother, Nicholas, that died of a heroin overdose. Deciding to get sober along with her father, she recounts, “He did find yourself getting sober for a brief time and was very lively in restoration for about three years. It didn’t take final that lengthy,”
She talks about the stress to remain in sobriety in Hollywood for the last 20 years is quite a difficult task to maintain status in the spotlight while maintaining her acting career.
“I’m breaking the cycle that has destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” as she mentioned in People’s magazine, last year, “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.”