Hollywood star, Jamie Lee Curtis, has spoken out about her recovery from opioid and alcohol addiction, saying getting sober is the best thing she’s ever done.
The 59-year-old actor, who sprang to fame 40 years ago in the horror film Halloween, has been sober for almost 20 years. She’s married to actor and director, Christopher Guest, and has two children, Annie and Tom. Despite all of her personal and work success, Curtis said: “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.”
Why Does Getting Sober Feel Better Than Anything Else?
At a time when Jamie Lee Curtis is having another big success at the box office – her latest Halloween movie, released in October 2018, grossed $77.5 million in the US in its opening weekend – Curtis has said that her sobriety tops all of her lifetime achievements. This provides great insight into the disease of addiction and how deeply it affects people’s lives.
Firstly, it shows that people from all walks of life can develop an addiction. Money, success, fame and power are no predictors of whether a person will suffer from addiction or not. Living life in the spotlight can bring many pressures with it – many people cope fine with those pressures; others find they contribute to the onset of progression of their addictive disorder.
Secondly, in Jamie Lee Curtis’s case, addiction has affected many members of her family. Her mother and father, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, both had serious problems with addiction. Jamie’s half-brother, Nicholas Curtis, died from a heroin overdose at just 20 years old. Jamie has spoken out powerfully about the damage addiction has done to her family – and why her recovery stands out from that destructive pattern. “I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” she said.
Thirdly, Jamie acknowledges that none of her other successes would have been possible if she hadn’t been successful in getting sober. In an Instagram post on 25th October 2018, she wrote:
“All of the success that @halloweenmovie movie is having, for all of the creative people involved in the making, none of this would’ve been possible without my sobriety. That @people [People Magazine] would honour that life-saving journey on their cover confirms the idea that “we ARE all in this together.”
What Led up to Jamie Lee Curtis Getting Sober?
Jamie Lee Curtis has said that she considered herself lucky to arrest her opiate and alcohol addiction. She was first prescribed opiates in 1989 after a plastic surgery operation, which led on to a decade of opioid addiction. She tried to hide her problem with painkillers and alcohol – but her compulsion to use led on to greater difficulties. She has spoken about stealing supplies of painkillers from family members when she felt desperate to use more. In 1998, Jamie’s older sister, Kelly, found out about her addiction. This led on to Jamie seeking out help for her addiction and getting sober. She went on to build a strong recovery network for herself.
Getting Sober – How to Maintain It
A statement Curtis made about her addiction recovery speaks to how many people achieve long-term sobriety. Curtis referenced the commitment she has made to her recovery process. “All of the talking is cheap. The action behind it is crucial.”
Putting down the drink and drugs is the first part of getting sober – but often the hardest part is learning how to stay sober. Sobriety involves learning how to live without mood-altering drugs and alcohol, developing new strategies to deal with fears, emotions and challenging life events.
This is where addiction rehab programmes can be incredibly helpful because they allow people to detox safely from alcohol and/or drugs, face up to the impacts of their addiction with professional support and learn new coping strategies to prevent relapse when they leave rehab.
In the medium to long-term, addiction recovery requires an ongoing commitment to change destructive behaviours. Over time, recovery becomes less about the substance or addictive process you once relied upon, and much more about learning how to live in the world without harming yourself or others. This is where ongoing support in addiction recovery can be very useful.
According to People magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis “continues to attend meetings, offering help to others who are struggling with addiction.” It’s not necessary for everyone to attend addiction support groups in the long term, but it is advisable to develop good support networks.
Getting Sober – Addiction Treatment in the UK and Abroad
If you’re struggling with addiction and getting sober feels impossible to you, then please have hope. Get in touch with Addiction Helper because there is help. Addiction treatment in the UK and abroad has great outcomes. If you’ve had enough of addiction and want to change, we can advise on the best options to support you get sober and stay sober.
Our addiction treatment counsellors will listen carefully to what’s going on for you. We carry out a free assessment over the phone. We can then discuss with you appropriate forms of addiction treatment. To get help, please contact Addiction Helper today.