Unlike some people who start abusing drugs because of recreational use, Curtis’ addiction problems began from prescription pain killers. Jamie struggled with opiates, specifically Vicodin, after having plastic surgery where she was prescribed the painkiller. Curtis said, “I was a wildly controlled drug addict and alcoholic. I never did it when I worked. I never took drugs before 5 p.m. I never, ever took painkillers at 10 in the morning.”
The disease of addiction ran in Jamie’s family. Her father had struggled with it and her brother unfortunately passed away from overdosing on heroin at the age of 21. Drug use was customary in their family; Jamie and her father would share drugs. “I did cocaine and freebased once with my dad. But that was the only time I did that, and I did that with him”, says Curtis.
There was one night in 1988 where she was cooking dinner and when she thought nobody was looking, she reached into her pocket to grab 5 Vicodin and swallowed them with a drink of wine. Little did she know, a friend that was staying over was watching her. Jamie Lee Curtis’ struggle with substance abuse, her 10-year secret, was finally discovered, but she wasn’t ready to get help just yet. She was even stealing pills from her sister, who ended up confronting her saying, “You are an addict and I love you, but I am not going to watch you die” and hugged her.