Jamie Lee Curtis is proudly 20 years sober, but it was a long time coming.

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The actress who presently stars in Halloween, revealed to People she was addicted to pain killers in 1989 and hid it for 10 years.

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


This isn’t the first time that Curtis has opened up about her addiction. In 2001, Curtis told CNN, “I don’t know if any of us can really explain what addiction is exactly, because I think it changes with each individual. I think what we can talk about, is really that there’s hope to recover from it.”

Curtis, the daughter of actor Tony Curtis, who likewise struggled with drug abuse, said she hopes her sobriety impacts the future generations of her family.

“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” she said in her interview with People. “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.”

Curtis said despite everything she goes to attends recovery meetings and tries her best to pay it forward.

“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.'”