Plus: Jamie Lee Curtis gushes about her 11th children's book This is Me - A Story of Who We Are and Where We Come From

By Char Adams
Updated September 20, 2016 11:05 AM
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Nearly two decades after struggling with substance abuse, Jamie Lee Curtis has found the “beauty” in recovery.

“I am sober coming up 18 years and the beauty of spending a life as an alcohol and addict in recovery is that it is about service to others,” the Scream Queens star said during a Tuesday appearance on the Today show.

Curtis, 57, previously revealed she is in recovery from an opiate addiction in a May blog for the Huffington Post.

Curtis told Today show anchor Matt Lauer on Tuesday that “sobriety [and] service to others is crucial” for her.

For Curtis, who is currently promoting This Is Me – A Story of Who We Are and Where We Come From, both her own journey and her new children’s book detail a common truth: “Life is about service.”

“Our country is based on service,” she said. “The idea that we are not of service to our country is anti-American. It’s incredibly important to remember that the country was founded on sacrifice, on bravery, on courage.”

This Is Me is out now, and Scream Queens premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.