While the results of Prince‘s toxicology report haven’t yet been revealed, everyone is pretty sure it had something to do with his struggles with opiate addiction. That’s the most likely culprit and probably true, and because of it, Jamie Lee Curtis was inspired to open up about her own history of drug abuse in a new essay for The Huffington Post called “Kill The Pain”.
Prince was toxic. I can relate. I was toxic too. I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to.
I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers. Kill it. Make it stop.
Too many of our fellow humans, famous, infamous, and not famous at all, have sought the same relief. The symbolism of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” an anthem of addiction, seems more poignant as now it is a purple rain, another loss to drug addiction.
I am one of the lucky ones as I have been in recovery from opiate addiction for over 17 years.
As she rightfully pointed out, many people become addicted to opiates after a medical procedure, when they’re prescribed painkillers during their recovery. I was given painkillers after I had ankle surgery but I only took one because I hated how they made me feel. However, I can imagine how easy it’d be to become addicted to them, especially if you’re prone to addiction.
Good for Jamie Lee Curtis – and lucky for her, too – for getting help before it was too late.