When Michael Jackson died of an overdose in 2009, Jamie Lee Curtis penned a blog on Huffington Post describing her own struggle with painkillers.
In the wake of Prince’s death this past April. She rehashed her experience to highlight the dangers of addiction, and unabashedly calling on people to help those who are ill.
Jamie Lee Curtis Talks Drugs
A routine procedure leads to addiction
In the early 1990s, Jamie Lee Curtis was a prominent actress. So, when a cameraman casually mentioned to her that she was developing bags under her eyes, she took it to heart, believing her looks were a genuine part of her livelihood.
Shortly thereafter, she scheduled a relatively minor cosmetic procedure and was prescribed pain medication following the surgery.
Almost immediately she abused them. Curtis also began drinking heavily, to suppress the emotional pain she felt over becoming unattractive, as the Daily Mail described it back in 2008, “not only to her audience but to her husband.”
“I’d anesthetize myself on a daily basis,” she said. Her addiction to prescription pain medication continued for several years until 1999, when the actress got sober. And 17 years later, she still is.
But it’s taken a lot of work to stay in recovery, and she’s never been shy about saying as much.
Sharing her personal story amid tragedies
When Michael Jackson passed away suddenly in 2009, the world was shocked, and even more so to learn that it was an overdose. In the weeks and months following his death. And it was brought to light that Jackson was most likely battling an addiction himself.
That year, Curtis wrote a blog for the Huffington Post titled “King of Pain.” In it, she hypothesized that Michael Jackson’s drug use wasn’t about numbing physical pain, but instead, forgetting the emotional pain of trying to reconcile a life of stardom against the loss of childhood. She acknowledged she too used drugs to numb her own emotional pain and combat “loneliness.”
But she escaped with her life.
“The pain needed numbing,” she wrote. “My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life. But it takes work — hard, painful work — but the help is there, in every town and career. But, drug/drink free members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide.”
In Conclusion when Prince’s death was announced earlier this year, it too came as a shock, and the world grieved.
But once again, it illuminated a familiar refrain: Another star died too young, once again, of an opioid overdose.Tags: celebrities in recovery, celebrity deaths, celebrity news and gossip