Jamie Lee Curtis – Journey to Recovery

Jamie Lee Curtis
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It’s easy to forget that celebrities can fall victim to alcoholism or drug addiction just like anyone else. Jamie Lee Curtis, known for her roles in Freaky Friday and True Lies, is one such celebrity who became addicted to painkillers following cosmetic surgery when she was 35.

The film star admitted that she was so addicted that she had to steal painkiller pills from her sister. It wasn’t long before Curtis found herself getting high to prevent any pain or loneliness she was experiencing. She even drank heavily intermittently throughout the years. Despite her steady spiral towards drug dependency, she wasn’t able to inform her loved ones about her addiction.

Recognizing Change Was Necessary

It wasn’t until the famous actress realized her addiction could impact her daughter that she decided it was time for a change. Through a letter to her sister, Curtis was able to acknowledge that she had been stealing and taking pills to offset her loneliness. Though she never sent the letter, Curtis recognized that her addiction began soon after her cosmetic surgery, which she underwent in order to keep a youthful appearance. Yet the painkillers she was prescribed to prevent postoperative pain were the path to her addiction. She abused her pills because, despite her surgeries, she felt unattractive to her husband and to her audience. Curtis recognized that her addiction only worsened with more surgeries, as she still didn’t believe she was attractive enough.

Beginning the Process of Recovery

Jamie Lee Curtis was finally able to see what the effects of her drug addiction were on not just her daughter, but on herself. She made the decision to let her hair gray and to stop wearing heels as part of her addiction recovery process. Instead of focusing on retaining a young body, she diverted her attention to losing weight and staying healthy.

Today, Curtis counsels recovering addicts and works on anti-drug campaigns. She moved past a life of addiction to a life of fulfillment by recognizing that she was abusing drugs to avoid the pain and loneliness she was feeling. Holistic treatment allows one to truly find the reason for addiction by healing the mid, body, and spirit. CASA Recovery offers drug addiction recovery programs that focus on healing the entire being. The staff at CASA Recovery understands that different people have different needs, which is why we have comprehensive treatment programs.

If you’re ready to turn your life around just as Jamie Lee Curtis did, please give us a call or visit our Southern California recovery center today! Other celebrities have also been able to find treatment for their addiction, including John Goodman and Robert Downey Jr. You’ll get the best addiction treatment all while enjoying the sunny beaches of Orange County, CA. CASA Recovery will help lead you into a better life right here in beautiful San Juan Capistrano, CA!