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Matthew Perry Opens Up About His Drug Addiction And Recovery

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.

Bravo Matthew!




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Matthew Perry Appears To Have Packed On The Pounds

May 27, 2013 09:45 AM

Someone better get to work on his beach body!

Matthew Perry stopped to fill up at the gas station in Malibu yesterday, and the actor looks significantly heavier than the last time we saw him!

Maybe he's comfort eating due to the fact his show Go On just got cancelled by NBC.

The Fools Rush In star is still practing his craft, though! He recently filmed a spoof with old co-stars Jen Aniston and Courteney Cox, and that sent rumors of a Friends reunion into overdrive!




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Matthew Perry And Mystery Gal Wear Matching Outfits To Dinner Date

Aug 16, 2012 01:25 PM

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Matthew Perry and a mystery brunette stepped out in Brentwood last night for a late night bite at Coral Tree Cafe, and while we're not sure if they're dating or just friends, all signs point to romance with those matching outfits! The pair coordinated their attire in jeans and black t-shirts, and the Friends star gave us a huge grin on the way out. It's so nice to see him happy and healthy and smiling again!

The TV star will be returning to the small screen soon with his new sitcom, Go On, which premieres September 10. The funny man plays Ryan King, a guy who does sports radio and recently endured the death of his wife, who then becomes forced by his boss to participate in a grief counseling group. Sounds like comic gold!

Speaking of sitcoms, the 42-year-old's former co-star Jennifer Aniston just got engaged to boyfriend Justin Theroux last weekend, so hopefully Matty picked up the phone and congratulated his friend!




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Matthew Perry Lives Large In Malibu

Nov 29, 2011 07:00 AM

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Matthew Perry needs some friends to workout with, STAT!

The 17 Again star stepped out looking a little bit swollen while sporting some major bed-head, as he picked up a few essentials at a CVS pharmacy in Malibu, on Monday.

Perry has been battling the bulge throughout his career, but after a stint in rehab last May, the former addict has been focused on sending a positive message to his fans.

The former Friends star attended the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the House Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus in Washington D.C. last month, to speak out on drug addiction and promote awareness.

Keep up the good work, Matt!




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Matthew Perry's Malibu Estate On The Market For $13.5 Million

Oct 6, 2011 03:05 PM

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Matthew Perry's mid-century modern mansion in Malibu is up for sale -- at a pricey $13.5 million.

The Friends star bought the house in 2005 for just $6.5 million, so that's quite a price increase! The 5,500-square-foot house has four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. It sits on 2.32 acres on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

Gorgeous! See all the pics below.




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Matthew Perry Purchases $8.65 Million Hollywood Hills Pad

Sep 7, 2011 08:30 AM

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Matthew Perry is putting his Friends residuals to good use! The 42-year-old actor has purchased a stunning $8.65 million Mid-Century Modern estate in the Hollywood Hills.

The 4,000-square-foot home, with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, is located just above the Sunset Strip. Just about everything you can imagine is featured in this beyond-stunning pad including sleek furniture and a cozy media room.

With all those windows, the views are stunning! They don't call him Mr. Sunshine for nothing.

See the entire home in the gallery below.




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Matthew Perry Heads Back To Rehab

May 12, 2011 08:30 PM

mp.jpgMatthew Perry is headed back to a treatment facility as part of his ongoing recovery for a years-long addiction to alcohol and prescription pills.

The Friends star confirmed the news and even cracked a joke, saying:

    "I'm making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery. Please enjoy making fun of me on the World Wide Web.”

We'd never do a thing like that Matthew!

Unfortunately the actor's ABC show, Mr. Sunshine, isn't doing so well in the ratings and could be canceled this year.

Since Perry is the show's creator/star/producer, he may have been under a lot of stress recently. We're glad to see the star take a proactive role in getting/staying well.




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Zac Efron In Twenty Years

Dec 1, 2009 02:44 PM

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Matthew Perry is only 40, but he's looking far worse-for-wear than his older Friends.

Sure, he's had his fair share of hard living, but he started out young and energetic and fresh-faced! Is this what Zac Efron, who played the teen version of him in 17 Again will look like in roughly (a very rough) twenty years?




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