'I Did Cocaine And Freebased With My Dad': Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Addiction
Jamie Lee Curtis has opened up about her struggles with addiction and her long road to recovery.
The actor appears on the cover of Variety magazine's 'Recovery Issue' and described how she developed a dependency on Vicodin -- a prescription painkiller she began taking after a "routine plastic surgery".
Curtis had been told by a cameraman that he wouldn't be shooting her because her "eyes were too puffy" a comment which caused her to feel "mortified" and "embarrassed".
"They gave me Vicodin as a painkiller for something that wasn’t really painful," she said, explaining that she soon developed an afternoon/evening habit of combining Vicodin pills with wine.
The addiction was something that no-one else knew about until a friend accidentally witnessed Jamie's routine while staying at her home in Los Angeles.
"I heard this voice: ‘You know, Jamie, I see you. I see you with your little pills, and you think you’re so fabulous and so great, but the truth is you’re dead. You’re a dead woman'."
Curtis said she knew "the jig was up" but her addiction continued until she read a fateful magazine article in 'Esquire' about writer Tom Chiarella's own problems with Vicodin in 1999. The story encouraged Curtis to seek help and she's been sober for the last two decades.
The actor explained that she was aware addiction ran in her family after her brother Nicholas died of a heroin overdose at 21 and the fact that she'd shared drugs with her father, Tony Curtis.
I did cocaine and freebased once with my dad. But that was the only time I did that, and I did that with him. He did end up getting sober for a short period of time and was very active in recovery for about three years. It didn’t last that long. But he found recovery for a minute.
Curtis said she's remained sober herself because of her vigilance in attending recovery meetings, whether she's travelling or on set.
She explained that she was nine months sober when she filmed 'Freaky Friday' and announced she'd be holding meetings for anyone who was interested in her trailer.
"I left the door open and didn’t know if anybody would show up," she said. "We ended up calling it the Mobile Home Recovery Meeting.
"It was probably my favourite grouping of sobriety that I’ve ever participated in."
You can read the full interview over at Variety.
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