Jamie Lee Curtis Overcame Addiction ‘With God’s Grace and the Support of People’
By Movieguide® Staff
Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis, most recently seen in KNIVES OUT, reflected on her journey from addiction to sobriety.
Curtis took to Instagram to share about her past battle with alcohol and addiction.
“A LONG time ago… In a galaxy far, far away… I was a young STAR at WAR with herself,” Curtis wrote beneath an image of herself holding alcohol. “I didn’t know it then. I chased everything. I kept it hidden. I was [as] sick as my secrets.”
However, Curtis credited God and supportive friends for her freedom from addiction.
“With God’s grace and the support of MANY people who could relate to all the ‘feelings’ and a couple of sober angels… I’ve been able to stay sober, one day at a time, for 22 years,” Curtis continued. “I was a high bottom, pun kind of intended, so the rare photo of me proudly drinking in a photo op is very useful to help me remember. To all those struggling and those who are on the path…MY HAND IN YOURS.”
In 2019, Curtis opened up about her life as an addict in Variety’s “The Recovery Issue.”
Curtis said her addiction to painkillers began in her 20s after she was prescribed Vicodin post-cosmetic surgery. However, Curtis said someone found out after she took five pills with her wine.
“The jig was up,” Curtis said. “Now I knew someone knew. I had been nursing a secret Vicodin addiction for a very long time — over 10 years.”
Curtis attended her first recovery meeting in February 1999.
“I was terrified [of being recognized]. I was just terrified that someone in the recovery community was going to betray my trust,” Curtis confessed. “But it is my experience that that doesn’t really happen and that my fear was unfounded.”
Despite the nature of Curtis’s career as an actress, she is diligent in maintaining her sobriety.
“I bring sobriety with me,” Curtis said. “I have attended recovery meetings all over this world.”
Curtis added: “I was probably about nine months sober when I made ‘Freaky Friday’ [in 2002]. I put a big sign up by the catering truck, and it said, ‘Recovery meeting in Jamie’s trailer every day.’ I left the door open and didn’t know if anybody would show up. We ended up calling it the Mobile Home Recovery Meeting. It was probably my favorite grouping of sobriety that I’ve ever participated in.”