updated 07/22/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/22/2009 AT 2:35 PM ET
With buzz building about the possible connection between Michael Jackson’s death and painkillers, actress Jamie Lee Curtis has made a powerful admission: She was hooked on them – and understands how hard it is to quit.
“I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted,” Curtis, 50, writes in a blog for the Huffington Post. “The morphine becomes the warm bath from which to escape painful reality. I was a lucky one. I was able to see that the pain had started long ago and far away and that the finding the narcotic was merely a matter of time.”
Though she does not disclose more details – a timeline of her addiction or what kind of treatment she sought, Curtis says she has since stopped using drugs. “My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life,” she writes. “But it takes work – hard, painful work.”
Still, the actress empathizes with Michael Jackson. “I believe Mr. Jackson was in pain,” she writes. “Mr. Jackson was an addict. It is coming out. Everywhere. He wanted relief and would get it in any name, place or method he could. It was and is a conspiracy of silence and I’m sure there were attempts to intervene and I’m sure his family and friends tried … but the addict gets what the addict wants, relief from the pain of their life.”