updated 04/20/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/21/2010 AT 6:30 AM ET
After battling substance-abuse problems on and off for more than 30 years, Melanie Griffith says the “monster” has been contained.
“Addiction’s a tough enemy to defeat,” the Oscar-nominated actress tells Spain’s Hola! magazine in a new interview. “I think of it as a monster. If I feed it, it will always want more and more, so now I’m letting it starve to death in a corner. But it’s always there.”
Last August, the actress, 52, entered rehab for a third time, following stints in 1988 and 2000. She tells the magazine she became addicted to painkillers following a skiing accident.