Matthew Perry describes the terrifying health scare that changed his life

The following article contains allegations of substance abuse and addiction.

Most people know Matthew Perry for his role as Chandler Bing (sometimes Miss Chanandelor Bong) on ​​the hit series Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004. Jennifer Aniston, went to superstardom. But just because you’re one of the most famous names on TV doesn’t mean life is a cakewalk.

Over the years, Perry has dealt with drug and substance abuse issues, many of which have been publicized. The star opened up to the New York Times in 2002 and shared that when she landed the role on Friends, she was in dire need of money. After all, between money and fame, he was at the top of his game professionally — but personally was a different story. “From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like I have it all,” he told the outlet. “It was actually a very lonely time for me because I suffered from alcoholism.” Perry admitted he didn’t remember a couple of seasons of Friends because he “wasn’t on it at the time.” A jet ski accident in 1997 led to his becoming addicted to Vicodin, and around this time he also began using other drugs.

According to People, Perry has been in rehab a few times, including in 1997 and 2001, and continued to struggle with addiction after that. However, a certain event in his life caused him to change things for the better.

If you or someone you know needs help with an addiction problem, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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Matthew Perry spoke about his wake-up call

Matthew Perry is open about his health in a way we’ve never seen before. The “Friends” star spoke to People in October 2022 and shared details about the health scare that helped transform his life. He revealed even more details in his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. As Perry put it, he decided to open up about his struggles “when I was sure I was going back to the dark side of it all.” He said he wanted to be sure he was “pretty sure sober” before writing his words on the pages.

In particular, Perry described a drug-related experience that landed him in the hospital after a ruptured colon. “The doctors told my family I had a 2 percent chance of survival,” he revealed, adding that he came very close to death. “I was hooked up to an ECMO machine that does all the breathing for your heart and lungs. Every doctor says it’s an Hail Mary,” Perry recalled. “Nobody survives that.” But he did. After two weeks in a coma, the star was required to have a colostomy bag, although he was eventually able to reverse it and have the bag removed once he recovered. Perry’s therapist reminded him that he didn’t want to spend his entire life with a colostomy bag, and that’s when he decided to change his life and stay away from drugs like OxyContin.

The star also took to Instagram to let fans know he will be on tour to talk about his book and his rather wondrous journey.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).