As part of one of the biggest sitcoms in the history of television such as ‘Friends‘, Matthew Perry got to experience life as a celebrity in a very different light, compared to the rest of his cast mates. He didn’t ead a glamorous life as Jennifer Aniston or Courtney Cox did because of an acute alcohol addiction.
In fact, Perry almost lost his life at the age of 49, which is very recently for him. He is only 53 now and barely starting to feel like he has some level of control to his addiction. Make no mistake folks, alcohol addiction is a disease that can ravage the life of any person, regardless of their status.
If it could get a famous and wealthy actor like Matthew Perry down to his knees, addiction can bring everybody down. Matthew Perry’s problem is that alcohol addiction led to other addictions, one of them was opioids. At a certain moment, Perry was addicted to oxycotin.
When he was 49, the actor suffered frmo a gastrointestinal perforation that nearly killed him. His colon burst open from a opioid oveuse. This left Matthew in a coma for two weeks and five months in the hospital that eventually led him to use a colostomy bag for nine months.
Matthew Perry opens up about his addiction
This is what Matthew Perry told People: “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.
“The doctors told my family that I had a 2 percent chance to live. I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one survives that. I could handle it, kind of.
“By the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble. 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 ‘Friends‘ season I got nominated for best actor? I was like, ‘That should tell me something.’
“I didn’t know how to stop. If the police came over to my house and said, ‘If you drink tonight, we’re going to take you to jail,’ I’d start packing. I couldn’t stop because the disease and the addiction is progressive. So it gets worse and worse as you grow older.”
Even though Matthew Perry’s health issues came from an opioid abuse problem, it all started with the alcohol addiction he couldn’t control. If you have an addictive personality, any substance can lead you straight into a hospital.
Having balance is the best option that can help a person control their urges. The ‘Friends‘ alumn coming out and sharing his story with the world through his memoir is a brave thing to do. He hopes this story can help people who struggle with addiction find the courage to fight it.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, please contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.