Friend actor Matthew Perry talked about his struggles with addiction and how he went through "hell" to defeat it.
“There is a hell,” the actor said in his new book — “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir” — which is due out on November 1. “Don’t let anyone tell you different. I’ve been there; it exists; end of discussion.”
Perry built up such a tolerance that he was taking 55 Vicodin a day on top of drinking alcohol and taking Xanax. He said once it got to a certain point, being an addiction was all about "math."
“When you’re a drug addict, it’s all math. I wasn’t doing it to feel high or to feel good. I certainly wasn’t a partyer; I just wanted to sit on my couch, take five Vicodin and watch a movie,” he said. “That was heaven for me. It no longer is.”
He admitted he probably spent millions trying to get sober. “I’ve probably spent $9 million or something trying to get sober,” he said.
During the full interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Perry explained that a near-death experience saved him.
I'm happy Matthew Perry is doing better and that he gets to tell his story (that I'm certain will help many people) but not to be lost in all of this is that Diane Sawyer is BACK!, doing what she does so well i.e. one-on-one interviews: pic.twitter.com/0fZxP22Uff
— Martine St-Victor (@MartineMontreal) October 23, 2022
“The doctors told my family that I had a 2 percent chance to live,” he explained. He was put on an ECMO machine that functioned for his heart and lungs — a move that he referred to as “a Hail Mary” — and he had to wear a colostomy bag for nearly a year after that.
Ultimately it was just the thought of the colostomy bag that scared him from losing his battle with sobriety. A therapist told him to think about that bag every time he considered using drugs. “A little window opened, and I crawled through it, and I no longer want OxyContin,” he said.
Trending Political News
Russia Adds Surprising American Company to Their List of Terrorist Organizations
Russia has added Meta, formerly known as Facebook, to its list of terrorist and extremist organizations.
Russia's Federal Financial Monitoring Service Rosfinmonitoring announced the addition of Facebook to their terrorist list Tuesday, according to a report from the Russian government news network Sputnik.
Liberal Crowd Erupts After Bill Maher Says a Certain 'Bad Politican' Should Be Dumped in 2024
HBO's Bill Maher is becoming more and more fed up with is own political party, calling the Democrats "the party of no common sense" and even took a shot at "not very popular" Vice President Kamala Harris.
The "Real Time" host told his guests, CNN contributor Van Jones and the Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan, that President Biden needs to dump her from the 2024 ticket. The liberal audience erupted into applause, which surprised many.
President Biden Gives Insane Response When Asked About Potential Criminal Charges for Hunter
Mark Wahlberg Reveals Why He Really Left California for Nevada
Movie star Mark Wahlberg recently kissed California goodbye and moved his family to Nevada.
So why did Wahlberg relocate his family to Nevada? He made the simple choice “to give my kids a better life.” It's as simple as that.
Tim Allen With Hilarious Roast of Biden's Appearance on 60 Minutes
You can count Tim Allen as one of the few Hollywood conservatives. Monday evening he had liberals filled with rage after a fairly mild dig at President Biden's declining cognitive ability.
The former star of "Home Improvement" and "Last Man Standing" made an innocent joke about Biden's appearance on "60 Minutes" and it had liberals out for blood.