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Matthew Perry is Getting Real About His Drug Addiction in Stunning New Memoir

His "Friends" co-stars were so understanding.

The actor Matthew Perry is coming clean about his struggles with alcohol and prescription medication is a new memoir called Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing. Including an incident from a few years ago where the Friends actor spent 3 months in the hospital related to his addiction issues. 

We have to give it to Perry, who was unflinchingly honest about his journey — including the reaction from his Friends co-stars while he was at the darkest parts of his addiction. 

TikTok creator @emilycschwartz shared some of the more heartbreaking details of an interview the actor gave to People about the memoir in a recent video. Reading a quote from Perry himself, Schwartz said he wanted to wait until he was "pretty safely sober" before delving into his history. 

Perry recalled an incident in 2018 where he was hospitalized for three months, which at the time his rep claimed was to repair a "gastrointestinal perforation." Perry never confirmed or denied what he was being treated for, but now is sharing that he was "fighting for his life" in the hospital because his colon bursts from "opioid overuse."

"When he was admitted his doctors said he had a two percent chance of living," Schwartz explained. Thankfully he pulled through.

He also shared that his alcohol addiction was just blossoming when he got Friends at the age of 24. And throughout the series' nine year run had moments of both deep addiction and complete sobriety. At one point he was taking 55 Vicodin a day while shooting. 

"He did say his castmembers were understanding and patient throughout the filming of Friends. People were able to notice the changes in his appearance, which reflected the state of his sobriety at the time," Schwartz explained. 

It has certainly not been an easy ride for the actor, who has been in rehab 15 times. But as he explained in the interview, he wrote the memoir because "I was certain it would help people."

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is out there. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a free 24/7 hotline and all calls are confidential. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for treatment referrals.