Matthew Perry Talks About His Serious Drug Problem And How The Cast Of “Friends” “Saved” Him

Matthew Perry, who is best known for his role as the sardonic Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom “Friends,” is about to publish his memoir titled “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” in which he details the battles he has faced with addiction over the past three decades.

During his time on “Friends,” Perry struggled with substance abuse, but in a recent exclusive interview, he said that his co-stars were a ray of light for him while he was in the depths of despair.

“They had patience, and they understood what we were going through. In an interview with a magazine conducted in anticipation of the book’s release, he stated that “performing the performance” may be interpreted as “saving” him.

Perry, who is now 53 years old, was just 24 years old when he earned the role of Chandler, which he would go on to play for the whole ten-year run of the show, which concluded in 2004. When he was cast in the role, he was just beginning to develop an addiction to alcohol, but it was just the start of all of his problems.

“If you want to know what causes my fluctuating weight from season to season, it’s drinks when I’m carrying extra weight, and it’s medicines when I’m skinny. When I have a goatee, I take a lot of medicines,” he writes in his book, which is scheduled to be released on November 1.

He claimed in the beginning to People that he was in control of his addiction.

“I could kind of handle it, but by the time I was 34, I was really entrenched in a lot of difficulties,” he said, noting that he reached a stage when he would take 55 Vicodin a day and weigh 128 pounds. “I was really entrenched in a lot of trouble by the time I was 34,” he said.

Matthew Perry Talks About His Serious Drug Problem And How The Cast Of "Friends" "Saved" Him

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In connection with his addiction, Perry has completed 15 stays in treatment facilities and had 14 operations. When his colon ruptured, he was once taken to the hospital for treatment.

My loved ones were informed by the medical professionals that I only had a two per cent chance of surviving. “At that point in my life, I was so close to passing away,” he explained.

During the “Friends” reunion that took place in 2021, Perry talked about the pressure he felt to perform while he was on the show.

“If they didn’t laugh, I felt like I was going to die,” he added. “To me, it seemed like I was going to die.”

“I would go crazy if I didn’t get the laugh I was intended to get,” he continued to say after that.

In addition, he has discussed how his addiction impacted his time spent working on the show “Friends.”

He stated this in 2016 on “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show” broadcast on BBC Radio 2. “I don’t recall three years of it,” he remarked.

“A little part of the time, I was a little out of it, sure,” he added. “A little bit of the time, I was a little out of it.”

Perry believes that by writing down his life experiences in his memoir, he would be able to assist others who are in need of assistance.

He explained his goal by saying, “My aim is that people would relate to it and recognise that this sickness strikes anyone.” “It makes no difference whether you are successful or not; the sickness could care less either way.”

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