"It was ahead of the curve of the opiate epidemic," Curtis said. "I had a 10-year career, stealing, cheating, nobody knew.
Curtis, the daughter of actor Tony Curtis, who also battled substance abuse, said she hopes her sobriety will influence future generations of her family.
"I am breaking the cycle that has basically destroyed the lives of generations in my family," he said in his interview with People. "Staying sober is still my greatest achievement … bigger than my husband, bigger than my two children and bigger than any job, success, failure, anything."
Curtis said he still attends recovery meetings and does everything he can to pay for it.
"In recovery meetings, anyone who mentions opiates, the whole room will turn around and look at me, because I'll say:" Oh, here, talk to me, I'm the opioid girl. "