During a recent interview with Diane Sawyer, Matthew Perry talked openly about his struggle with substance misuse. He revealed to Sawyer on Friday that he had spent half of his life receiving treatment or living in sober communities. The actor claimed that while he was abusing drugs and alcohol, he “didn’t grasp what was going on.” There are over 3 million readers of Morning Brew.
You ought to, too! Thank you for registering! In a brand-new interview published on Friday, Matthew Perry discussed how he overcame his drug and alcohol addiction, a process that involved hundreds of meetings with Alcoholics Anonymous and more than a dozen surgeries.
spoke with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer discusses his new memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which is scheduled to be released on November 1.
Perry has attended 6,000 AA meetings, at least 15 rehab stays, 65 detoxifications, and has spent half of his life in treatment or sober living facilities, according to Sawyer, who described the actor’s recovery. The actor underwent 14 surgeries, as well as 30 years of rehabilitation.
Perry claimed he offered the astounding information in his book to aid others who might be dealing with comparable situations.
He said to Sawyer, “For whatever reason—obviously it’s because I was on ‘Friends’—more people will listen to me. I must use that to my advantage. I must lend a hand to as many individuals as I can.
In 2001, Perry co-starred with Elizabeth Hurley in the romantic comedy “Serving Sara” while also working on the popular NBC sitcom. The actor admitted to Sawyer that he took Xanax, Methadone, and a quart of vodka every day and disclosed that his speech was slurred throughout filming, so his own original language had to be overdubbed.
The fact that it was filmed in Dallas and I was working on “Friends” concurrently compounded my workload. And I was drinking vodka out of a water bottle while travelling on a private jet,” he claimed.
During the conversation, Perry also broke down in tears as he saw a clip of himself on “Friends.” He claimed that watching the show allowed him to recognize how his addiction was manifested in his shifting weight.
I was on the verge of losing weight; I weighed 155 pounds. That guy is going through too much, and it’s me, so I feel too bad for him. I recall that, and I remember that I didn’t know what was happening,” he said. But once more, I’m sorry, and I’m so happy I’m not like that any more.