It's no secret that Hollywood has a long history of public and private bouts of pill addictions. Some, like actress Jamie Lee Curtis, recover from their addictions, but others were not so lucky.
Curtis wrote a blog entry for "The Huffington Post" recently, revealing her own addiction to pain medications and how she recovered from the difficult battle. "Listen, I can relate. I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted, the morphine becomes the warm bath from which to escape painful reality ..." Curtis writes.
"My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life ... but it takes work -- hard, painful work -- but the help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide."
The 50-year-old mother of two also speaks out on Michael Jackson and his reported abuse of pain killers. "The explanation is that this moment was the drug start point that eventually took over [Jackson's] life. I don't believe it. The pain he suffered was from his birth, from his being and becoming the commodity ... Few children, put into the intense focus of their precious youth being marketed for others' pleasure, come out unscathed and with any sense of mental balance."
As the cause of pop icon Michael Jackson's death continues to unfold, early indications point to prescription-drug use as a possible contributor to the cardiac arrest that killed him. Jackson died June 25, 2009, in his Bel Air, Calif., home at age 50. Paramedics found him unconscious on site. He was rushed to UCLA Medical Center, and was pronounced dead soon after. Officials said Jackson received an injection of Demerol an hour before the emergency call.
A senior law enforcement official told ABC News that Jackson was heavily addicted to OxyContin and Demerol. Other reports claim that Jackson took a drug cocktail that included Xanax, Zoloft, Vicodin and Dialuid. Deepak Chopra, who knew Jackson for 20 years, spoke out about Jackson's pill addiction, writing in the Huffington Post, "He was surrounded by enablers, including a shameful plethora of M.D.s in Los Angeles and elsewhere who supplied him with prescription drugs. As many times as he would candidly confess that he had a problem, the conversation always ended with a deflection and denial." Living a life under intense media scrutiny, Jackson often withdrew from the world. His life included abuse as a child, allegations of sexual abuse and a physical transformation that caused some to nickname him "Wacko Jacko." In the years before his death, Jackson faced financial troubles, including losing his famous Neverland Ranch. An autopsy of Jackson's body revealed no indications of foul play, and it will take up to another six weeks to complete a toxicology report and other tests. Jackson is survived by his children, Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II, also known as "Blanket."