Jamie Lee Curtis gets candid about sobriety journey: 'My Gratitude Is Enormous'

Jamie Lee Curtis celebrates 24-years of being sober

By Madison Raymond July 29, 2023
Jamie Lee Curtis gets candid about sobriety journey: My Gratitude Is Enormous

Jamie Lee Curtis gets candid about sobriety journey: 'My Gratitude Is Enormous'

Jamie Lee Curtis explains why she considers herself "incredibly lucky."

The Oscar winner, who recently celebrated 24 years of recovery, discussed her earlier battles with opioid addiction in a new interview on Morning Joe that was recorded before to the SAG-AFTRA strike, saying that her "worst day was almost invisible to anyone else."

"I'm lucky. I didn't make terrible decisions high or under the influence that then, for the rest of my life, I regret," she expressed. "There are women in prison whose lives have been shattered by drugs and alcohol, not because they were violent felons, not because they were horrible people, but because they were addicts."

"I am incredibly lucky that that wasn't my path," she added.

The 64-year-old explained that sobriety made everything "crystal and clear" for her. "I was an opiate addict, and I liked a good opiate buzz," she shared. "And if fentanyl was available, as easily available as it is today on the street, I'd be dead."

Jamie Lee Curtis Instagram
Jamie Lee Curtis Instagram 

Curtis’ addiction lasted until 1999. "I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic," she told People magazine in 2018. "I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one."

The mother of two kids, Ruby, 27, and Annie, 36, who she shares with her husband Christopher Guest, the Everything Everywhere All at Once actress also said that her sober journey has enabled her to enjoy a "incredible life."

Her abstinence, she said in the same interview, is her "greatest accomplishment."

"My sobriety has been the key to freedom, the freedom to be me, to not be looking in the mirror in the reflection and trying to see somebody else," said the Halloween actress. "I look in the mirror. I see myself. I accept myself. And I move on because you know what? The world is filled with things we need to do."

"I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family," she said.