The "Halloween" star took another deep dive into her struggle with opioids in a new People cover story, which comes two years after Prince's death inspired her to tell the world about her "secret" addiction to prescription drugs.
Now going into more detail, the horror icon told People she was addicted to opiates for a decade, beginning in the late 1980s. Curtis explained that she was prescribed painkillers after undergoing a minor plastic surgery in 1989 for her "hereditary puffy eyes." The actress recalled that in the years that followed the procedure she would do anything to get more drugs, even stealing them from her friends and family.
"I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic," Curtis said. "I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one."
Curtis, who has been married to her husband actor-director Christopher Guest for 33 years, comes from a family history of addiction. Her father actor Tony Curtis abused alcohol, cocaine and heroin, and her brother Nicholas Curtis died from a heroin overdose in 1994. After seeking help in 1999, the actress has since dedicated her life to staying sober and offering help to others who are struggling.
"I'm breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family," 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."