Matthew Perry will tell the story of his struggles like never before

In 2002, Matthew Perry first spoke about fighting addiction. He had been sober for about a year after entering rehab for the second time. In an interview with The New York Times, he explained that his main goal was to become famous, and when that happened with the success of “Friends,” he realized that fame wasn’t satisfying enough to fulfill his life, and turned to alcohol and drugs.

In 2021’s HBO Max’s “Friends: The Reunion,” the alum — who portrayed Chandler Bing — shared more of that dissatisfaction with life and the need for fame, particularly the need for a positive audience response. “For me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh,” he admitted (via The New York Post). “If I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to get, I would freak out.”

After staying sober, Perry was inspired to help others who were in the same situation as him. According to I’m Sober, the actor donated his Malibu mansion to house those trying to recover from addiction. His hope was to help these people restart their lives in the real world after their recovery. The website also said that Perry has become a “poster child” for addiction and rehabilitation by sharing his story and helping others. And it seems the comedic actor is now promoting that title by releasing a memoir about his life.

Matthew Perry is ready to share his truth in his memoir

In October 2021, Deadline announced that Matthew Perry was working on writing a memoir about his life. The media outlet mentioned that the book will talk about what life was like during the making of Friends, as well as struggling with addiction. The book will also have a comedic twist, as the editor said: “We need humor, we need catharsis, and we need to agree on something – and Matthew’s extraordinary story, told in his inimitable voice, is the thing.”

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Though the ‘Friends’ star has opened up about his journey of addiction, he’s now ready to share it all as his memoir ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing’ reportedly goes into detail. “I wanted to share it when I was sure not to go back to the dark side of it all,” he told People. “And the main thing was, I was pretty sure it would help people.” The media outlet mentioned that the memoir begins with an anecdote about how he almost died at the age of 49 from a ruptured colon caused by his opioid use.

In conjunction with the memoir, which will be released Nov. 1, Perry is embarking on a mini book tour called “A Conversation with Matthew Perry,” according to the Daily Mail. He will stop in NYC, Princeton, New Jersey, Washington, DC and Toronto.

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).