May 31, 2013 12:20 PM
We have to applaud him for speaking so openly about his struggles!
Matthew Perry is healthy and sober these days, but for a long time the Friends star battled drug and alcohol addiction in private, and now he's telling his story in hopes of helping others!
In a new interview with ABC News, the actor details how he hid his problems from his co-stars and close friends and family.
"Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it, but, you know, eventually people were aware," he confessed.
He completed a 1997 rehab stint for a Vicodin addiction only to go back to rehab in 2001 for similar issues, but the Fools Rush In star eventually kicked his problems for good. In fact, being a famous TV star made falling off the wagon virtually impossible.
"I couldn't just walk into a bar. Everybody in the bar would go, 'You, you can't do that. I just read that you can't do that. You can't. You can't,'" he added.
Going through the steps of recovery motivated the funny man to open the doors of his Malibu home and help others beat the disease.
"If you're thrown from treatment to the outside world, sometimes it's too bumpy," he explained of his decision to operate a sober living facility from his residence.
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