In the wake of the death of music legend Prince due to a possible opiate overdose, actress Jamie Lee Curtis has penned an essay in the Huffington Post that details her own private battle with opiate addiction.
“I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to,” Curtis writes.
“I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with painkillers. Kill it. Make it stop.”
Her essay titled “Kill the Pain,” is a heart-wrenching look at how one can struggle with addiction, and keep it so hidden from their friends and family.
“I am one of the lucky ones as I have been in recovery from opiate addiction for over 17 years,” Curtis explains.
“Once the phenomenon of craving sets in, it is often too late.”
Following Prince’s death, Curtis hopes that people can take a stronger look at opiate addiction, and be willing to help out those who suffer.
“I, like all of you, mourn the passing of a great artist but I also mourn the passing of potential artists past and present, caught in this deadly vise,” Curtis writes.
“Let’s work harder, look closer and do everything we can not to enable and in doing so, disable, our loved ones who are ill.”