Matthew Perry Opens up about Addiction, “Grateful to be Alive”

The actor opens up about his addiction while on “Friends” and hopes his story will help others.

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The popular “friends” actor, Matthew Perry, will be sharing his addiction story as well as his near death experience in his upcoming memoir- Friends, lovers and the Big Terrible Things.

He told People Magazine that while on “friends”, he was battling addiction, but his cast mates “provided a beacon of hope” during this time. He said “They were understanding, and they were patient. It could be said that doing the show saved me”.

In his exclusive interview with People, he said “I could handle it, kind of, but by the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble”. He was so deep in his addiction that he was taking 55 Vicodin a day and weighed 128 pounds.

Perry said that he had to go to rehab 15 times and had 14 addiction related surgeries. At a point his colon burst and he was hospitalized for five months, with two weeks in coma.

Reminiscing, he told People magazine that “the doctors told my family that I had a two percent chance to live. I was put on a thing called an EMCO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. No one survives that”.

Perry hopes that people can relate to his story and his experience will help others who may need it. “My hope is that people will relate to it and know this disease attacks everybody. It doesn’t matter if you’re successful or not, the disease doesn’t care”, he said.


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