Long after friends signed off the air,
Matthew Perry made headlines again with his memoir last year revealing the depths of his crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol. His brutal and heartbreaking honesty gives people a sense of his life beyond fame and offers hope to many. Here’s Dana Griffin.
Hi. My name is Matthew. Although you may know me by another name, my friends call me Maddie and I should be dead
honest words from Matthew Perry’s 2022 memoir, friends, lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing where he takes us behind the scenes of his lifelong struggle with substance abuse, delivering a powerful message of hope and resilience.
I never raised my hand and said that’s enough. I can’t take it anymore. You win. And because of that, I stand tall now ready for whatever comes next.
Perry was just 24 when he nabbed the role of Chandler Bing.
Matthew Perry He says substance abuse issues which began at 14 escalated with his sudden fame. At one point, he was up to 55 pain pills a day. His weight seesawing from £225 to 128 I didn’t
Matthew Perry. I watch the show and haven’t watched the show because I could go drinking, opiates, drinking cocaine, drink. I could tell the season, by how I looked Perry later reflected on the pressures of fame in a 2021 cast reunion. I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh and it’s not healthy for
sure. He credits the show and his friend’s family with helping him make it through in his own words. He hoped to be remembered most for what he did for others. Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry. The best thing about me is if somebody comes up to me and says,
I can’t stop drinking. Can you help me? I can say yes and follow up and do it when I die. I don’t want friends to be the first thing that’s mentioned. I want that to be the first thing to mention and I’m gonna live the rest of my life proving that
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