In his upcoming memoir, Friends actor Matthew Perry recounts his addiction journey, saying he’s “grateful to be alive.” The book will be available on November 1.
Matthew Perry you feel ready to talk about your experience. the actor of Friends53, spoke out for the first time this week about his long journey battling addictions.
In his next memoir ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” The actor who played Chandler Bing speaks in the first person about this long journey that he finally managed to overcome.
“I wanted to share when I was safe from re-entering the dark side of it all“said the actor to Peopleahead of the book’s release on November 1.
“I had to wait until I was fairly sober, and far from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction, to write it all down. And the main thing was that I was pretty sure it would help people“.
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Perry’s fight with the alcohol and substance abuse It is a known subject, although the actor never opened his story wide to the public. Until now.
In his fight, even, the actor almost lost his life at 49 years of age for abusing opioids and suffering a gastrointestinal perforation. At that time, he spent two weeks in a coma and five months in the hospital, wearing a colostomy bag for months.
Doctors told his family that he had only one “2 percent chance of living”. “They put me in a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and lungs. And that’s called Ave Maria. no one survives that“.
The beginning of everything
In his book, the actor tells that when he began to participate in Friends, at the age of 24, his addiction to alcohol was just beginning to emerge.
“I could handle it, more or less. But when he was 34, he was really in a lot of trouble.” admits.
“But there were years where I was sober during that time. Season 9 was the year I was sober the whole time. And guess what season I got nominated for best actor? I thought: ‘That should tell me something’“.
At the height of the series, the actor dropped considerably in weight and kept a high dose of Vicodin daily. He claims that his co-stars, despite knowing his problems and condition, functioned like “penguins” with him.
“When one is sick or when one is badly injured, the other penguins surround and support them. They walk around it until the penguin can walk on its own. The cast did it for me“.
Now yes, Perry considers that he is “pretty healthy” and considers that his story can be positive for people who fight their own battles.
“Your sobriety date changes, but that’s all that changes. You know everything you knew before, as long as you could fight to recover without dying, you learn a lot“.
Matthew Perry survived with a purpose
In his book, he details that, the night he was connected to the ECMO machine, there were four other people in the same situation. “The other four died and I survived“, dice. “So the big question is why? Why did I go? There has to be some kind of reason“.
Thus, he considers that his book demonstrates that, despite being “close to dying” at times, being able to live allows him to generate a change in other people and stories.
“I say in the book that if he died, it would shock people, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone. And living with that is very scary. So I hope that people relate to that and know that this disease attacks everyone. It doesn’t matter if you succeed or not, the disease doesn’t care“.
His journey, despite being dark for many moments, tries to transmit light to those who live in similar situations. “What surprises me the most is my resilience. The way I can recover from all this torture and horror. Wanting to tell the story, although it’s a little scary to tell all your secrets in a book, don’t leave anything out. everything is there”, says the actor.
But it is also a story “full of hope”, he adds. “because here i am“.
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