Jamie Lee Curtis details secret opioid addiction she hid for a decade

Jamie Lee Curtis is coming clean about the secret opioid addiction she battled for a full decade.

“I had a 10-year run, stealing, conniving," Curtis, 59, told People. "No one knew. No one."

The "Halloween" star was first prescribed opiates after a surgical procedure in 1989, and the subsequent years would find Curtis hunting down painkillers through any possible means -- even stealing pills from those closest to her.

During this time, Curtis' career continued to flourish, even more effectively hiding her private pain. Some of her biggest films, including "Blue Steel," "My Girl" and "True Lies," were all released as she indulged in her addiction behind-the-scenes.

And outside of her own battle, Curtis knew the devastation of addiction firsthand through her own family: Her father, actor Tony Curtis, abused alcohol, cocaine and heroin, and in 1994, her' half-brother, Nicholas, died from a heroin overdose. 

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American actor Tony Curtis (1925 - 2010) with his wife, actress Janet Leigh (1927 - 2004) and their daughters Kelly Curtis and baby Jamie Lee Curtis, 1958. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis during LA Tennis Tournament in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 1978: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and mother Janet Leigh pose for a portrait in December 1978 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actor Tony Curtis and actress Jamie Lee Curtis attend Tony Curtis' Art Exhibition Dinner Party on April 22, 1989 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh during Look Magazine Party - February 14, 1979 at Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her mother, actress Janet Leigh (1927 - 2004), attend the Photoplay Awards at the TAV Celebrity Theatre in Hollywood, California, 29th September 1979. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actor Tony Curtis and actress Jamie Lee Curtis attend the American Women in Radio & Television - Southern California Chapter's 36th Annual Genii Awards on May 30, 1991 at Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1980s: Jamie Lee Curtis and her mom Janet Leigh circa 1980s in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and mother actress Janet Leigh attend the Young Musicians Foundation's Second Annual Celebrity Mother/Daughter Fashion Show on March 10, 1983 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Tony Curtis, his former wife Janet Leigh, and their daughter Jamie Lee Curtis (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 3: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, husband actor/writer Christopher Guest, daughter Annie Guest and mother actress Janet Leigh attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony to Honor Jamie Lee Curtis on September 3, 1998 at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
US actress Jamie Lee Curtis (R) reacts as she is honored with a star on the 'Walk of Fame', as her mother, veteran actress Janet Leigh, watches during a ceremony 03 September in Hollywood, CA. Curtis joins her famous mother and her father, actor Tony Curtis, who also have stars on the legendary Hollywood Boulevard. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: (U.S TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (L) poses with her step-father Bob Brandt, her mother actress Janet Leigh and her sister Kelly at the party after the premiere of 'A Mighty Wind' at the Directors Guild on April 14, 2003 in los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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“I’m breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family,” Curtis said.

She has now been sober for nearly two decades and continues to attend meetings, noting, "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.'"

Her sobriety, she said, is her "single greatest accomplishment ... bigger than my husband, bigger than both of my children and bigger than any work, success, failure. Anything.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 09: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis attends the premiere of National Geographic documentary films' 'Jane' at the Hollywood Bowl on October 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
MALIBU, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis speaks onstage during the Nautica Malibu Triathlon at Zuma Beach on September 17, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Nautica)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Greg Campbell and Jamie Lee Curtis from 'Hondros' pose at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival portrait studio on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Erik Tanner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis attends the 'Hondros' Premiere during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis speaks onstage at Women's March Los Angeles on January 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress / activist Jamie Lee Curtis attends Women's March Los Angeles on January 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brandon Williams/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 05: Jamie Lee Curtis attends Funimation Films Presents 'One Piece Film: Gold' Theatrical Premiere on January 5, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Funimation Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Jamie Lee Curtis attends Entertainment Weekly's Popfest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis arrives at the 2016 Children's Hospital Los Angeles 'Once Upon a Time' Gala at the L.A. Live Event Deck on October 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: John Stamos, Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts in the all-new Blood Drive episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Nov. 15 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Actor Christopher Guest and actress Jamie Lee Curtis arrive at a Screening Of Netflix's 'Mascots' at the Linwood Dunn Theater on October 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
Scream Queens: Jamie Lee Curtis in the all-new Chanel Pour Homme-Icide episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Nov. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Jamie Lee Curtis arrives at the Los Angeles' No Kid Hungry Dinner on September 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - SEPTEMBER 23: Jamie Lee Curtis signs copies of her new book 'This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From' at Mall of America on September 23, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Jamie Lee Curtis and Cookie Johnson visit 'THE VIEW,' 9/20/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. {Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) CANDACE CAMERON BURE, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JOY BEHAR, JAMIE LEE CURTIS, SARA HAINES, JEDEDIAH BILA
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Jamie Lee Curtis Reads Her New Book 'This Is Me' To Children On Ellis Island on September 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 05: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's grants banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 08: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) (L-R) Actors Keke Palmer, John Stamos, Billie Lourd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Taylor Lautner and Lea Michele from FOX's 'Scream Queens' pose for a portrait during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
SCREAM QUEENS: Jamie Lee Curtis in the all-new Scream Again season premiere episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis attends the 'Scream Queen' press line during Comic-Con International 2016 on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, actor John Stamos, editorial editor at Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle and actor Taylor Lautner attend SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic-Con 2016 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
SCREAM QUEENS: Jamie Lee Curtis. Cr: Tommy Garcia / FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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