Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis has spoken about her recovery from a secret, 10-year opioid addiction in the 1980s and 1990s, saying "getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment".

In a cover story for the new issue of People magazine in the US, the 59-year-old says: "I was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic. I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving. No one knew. No one."

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Curtis' late father, the actor Tony Curtis, had battled drug and alcohol addiction. Her half-brother Nicholas Curtis died of a heroin overdose in 1994.

Curtis said she was first prescribed opiates after undergoing minor surgery "for my hereditary puffy eyes". 

Over the course of the next decade, she said she obtained opioids any way she could, including stealing them from family and friends. 

Curtis' older sister Kelly was the first to learn of the addiction in 1998, and the star attended her first recovery meeting the following February.

"Getting sober remains my single greatest accomplishment"

The same day, she told her husband of 33 years, actor and director Christopher Guest, about her addiction.

"I'm breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family," Curtis told People

"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."

Curtis continues to attend meetings to safeguard her sobriety and to help others.

"In recovery meetings, anyone who brings up opiates, the entire room will turn and look at me, because I'll be like, 'Oh here, talk to me. I'm the opiate girl'," she said.

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