Matthew Perry Launches Foundation to Aid Addiction Recovery

Actor's memoir reveals harrowing fight against substance abuse

by Zain ul Abedin
Matthew Perry Launches Foundation to Aid Addiction Recovery
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The late Matthew Perry, widely celebrated for his role on the iconic sitcom "Friends," left a more profound legacy that transcended his on-screen charisma, establishing a foundation dedicated to assisting those grappling with addiction.

The Matthew Perry Foundation, inspired by the actor’s own struggles and recovery journey, has pledged to extend his commitment to helping others fight their battles against addiction. Honouring Perry’s profoundly personal mission, the foundation aims to encapsulate the late actor's drive and compassionate spirit.

"Guided by Matthew’s experiences and articulate advocacy, the foundation seeks to impact countless lives and make a substantial difference in the realm of addiction recovery," the organization expressed in a heartfelt statement.

In a tragic turn, the entertainment world mourned Perry's untimely passing on October 28 at 54, when he was discovered unresponsive in his Los Angeles home. The precise cause of death remains pending, according to statements from the Los Angeles coroner's office reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The sudden loss has echoed through Hollywood and among fans who cherished Perry not only as the witty Chandler Bing but also as a person who faced his demons with remarkable resilience.

Perry's Sobriety Journey

Perry's candid revelation of his intense struggle with substance abuse in his recent memoir "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing" highlighted his valiant efforts to conquer addiction.

The memoir detailed his peak struggle, consuming 55 Vicodin pills daily, and his subsequent, costly journey toward sobriety—a testament to his determination to turn his life around. In a New York Times interview promoting his book, Perry shared that he was eighteen months clean and had invested close to $9 million in his recovery.

His resolve to maintain sobriety was as steadfast as his desire to provide a beacon of hope for others facing similar plights. Perry once poignantly stated, “When I die, I don’t want Friends to be the first thing mentioned.

I want to help others to be the first thing that’s mentioned. And I will live the rest of my life proving that”. True to his word, his legacy is now anchored in the profound sentiment that battling addiction requires collective effort and support—a message the Matthew Perry Foundation upholds as it embarks on its mission to offer a lifeline to those in the throes of addiction.

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