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‘I was as sick as my secrets’: Jamie Lee Curtis celebrates 22 years of sobriety

Jamie Lee Curtis pens open letter defending teen sex trafficking victim (Getty Images)
Jamie Lee Curtis pens open letter defending teen sex trafficking victim (Getty Images)

Jamie Lee Curtis has reflected on her past struggles with addiction and celebrated 22 years of sobriety.

The Knives Out star shared an old photo of herself holding a glass of alcohol, with a caption that began: “A LONG time ago… In a galaxy far, far away… I was a young STAR at WAR with herself."

She continued: “I didn't know it then. I chased everything. I kept it hidden. I was as sick as my secrets.”

Curtis thanked those who helped her get sober, adding: “To all those struggling and those who are on the path… MY HAND IN YOURS.”

The actor founded an online shop called My Hand in Yours, which offers comfort items for people to purchase and share with others who may be going through a hard time. All of the proceeds are donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles to fund the support of children in need.

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Curtis has a family history of addiction. Her father, actor Tony Curtis, struggled with alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Her half-brother, Nicholas Curtis, died from a heroin overdose in 1994.

In 2018, Curtis revealed she had been addicted to opioids for 10 years in the Nineties.

She later said that she once took drugs with her father. “There was a period of time where I was the only child that was talking to him,” she said. “I did cocaine and freebased once with my dad. But that was the only time I did that, and I did that with him.”

If you have been affected by this article, you can contact the following organisations for support: mind.org.uk, actiononaddiction.org.uk, mentalhealth.org.uk, samaritans.org.

To find support for drug addiction near you, visit the website for Frank. You can also call the charity’s 24/7 helpline on 0300 123 6600, text 82111 or send an email.