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.

“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.

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