Matthew Perry, the beloved actor best known for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the iconic sitcom "Friends", has recently been spotted in Los Angeles looking tired and unrecognizable. Despite concerns from fans, it has been reported that the actor is simply exhausted from renovating his home.
In his memoirs, Perry opened up about his tumultuous battle with addiction, detailing his struggle with drug and alcohol abuse that nearly took his life. The actor's bravery in sharing his journey serves as a source of inspiration for others struggling with similar challenges.
Overcoming the Disease of Addiction
Perry's addiction took a severe toll on his health, with a gastrointestinal perforation caused by opioid abuse leading to a two percent chance of survival and a coma lasting two weeks.
He underwent 14 surgeries on his stomach and went to rehab 15 times in his quest to overcome the disease of addiction. "I wanted to share when I was safe from going into the dark side of everything again. I had to wait until I was pretty safely sober — and away from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction — to write it all down.
And the main thing was, I was pretty certain that it would help people." Perry told PEOPLE. "I could handle it, kind of. But by the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble," he admits. "But there were years that I was sober during that time.
Season 9 was the year that I was sober the whole way through. And guess which season I got nominated for best actor? I was like, 'That should tell me something.' " In his book, Perry candidly discussed how his addiction could be traced through his physical appearance, saying "You can track the trajectory for my addiction if you gauge my weight from season to season.
When I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; when I’m skinny, it’s pills; when I have a goatee, it’s lots of pills." Perry's journey to sobriety serves as a testament to the power of resilience and the importance of seeking help in overcoming addiction.