Matthew Perry lands the cover of People Magazine this week, with the title “My Life as an Addict.” Matthew, 43, has been clean and sober for years. He publicly battled addiction problems at the height of his ‘Friends’ fame in the late 90’s. A couple of weeks ago Matthew was honored at the White House for his work advocating drug courts, which use rehabilitation instead of incarceration for addicts.
Matthew is back in the news regarding his addiction issues, because the actor has donated his Malibu home to serve as a men’s sober living facility called Perry House. Here’s more from People:
For a decade, Matthew Perry was living an actorÃ¢â¬â¢s dream: he had an iconic role as sardonic Chandler Bing on the beloved No. 1 sitcom Friends and a salary that reached $1 million an episode.
But behind the scenes, Perry was struggling. Ã¢â¬ÅI had a big problem with alcohol and pills and I couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t stop,Ã¢â¬Â he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new cover story. Ã¢â¬ÅEventually things got so bad that I couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t hide it, and then everybody knew.Ã¢â¬Â
After a harrowing, years-long battle with addictions to alcohol and Vicodin, Perry, 43, finally got sober. Ã¢â¬ÅSomething clicked,Ã¢â¬Â he says. Ã¢â¬ÅYou have to want the help.Ã¢â¬Â And heÃ¢â¬â¢s now dedicated to helping other addicts. He turned his former Malibu beach home into a menÃ¢â¬â¢s sober living facility called Perry House, and heÃ¢â¬â¢s becoming a passionate advocate for drug courts, through which non-violent substance abusers receive treatment instead of incarceration for their offenses.
Perry, who recently starred on the sitcom Go On and appears in recurring role on The Good Wife, says that sobriety and helping others have led him to finally find Ã¢â¬Åtrue happinessÃ¢â¬Â in his life. Ã¢â¬ÅThe interesting reason that I can be so helpful to people now is that I screwed up so often,Ã¢â¬Â he says. Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s nice for people to see that somebody who once struggled in their life is not struggling any more.Ã¢â¬Â
I wish that Matthew could find success – equal to ‘Friends.’ I’ve always liked him, and it’s sad he’s never really been able to find fame outside of ‘Friends.’ I never watched ‘Go On’ but given the fact that it was canceled, I’m thinking I didn’t really miss much. Maybe he should head to cable TV and do something different….darker.