JAMIE LEE CURTIS struggles on a daily basis to control cravings for prescription drugs - but her family never knew of her addiction.

The Freaky Friday actress publicly fought an alcohol addiction, but she was also tempted by her late mother Janet Leigh's medication.

Curtis says, "None of it was public. Nobody in my family knew. My husband didn't know. It was a surprise to everyone. I'd anaesthetise myself on a daily basis.

"There are days when it's hard. When my mother was ill, there was a lot of medicine around. The bottle of codeine that sat in her bathroom - don't think I didn't see it.

"And believe I've gone, 'Mmm, OK, you're not going to do that'. Because I know I'm an addict and I know I'm an alcoholic."

23/11/2004 14:04