By On July 10th, 2013

Matthew Perry Helping Others Get Sober

MatthewPerryMatthew Perry might be best known for his portrayal of the sarcastic and hilarious character, Chandler, on the comedy, “Friends.”  Perry said in a recent People magazine interview that he would prefer to be known for helping others.  In 1997, he had a skiing accident and was prescribed Vicodin.  He quickly became addicted to the painkiller, and this compounded an alcohol problem that was already present.  Perry recently described those dark times at a congressional hearing about drug courts.  He would enter his house and grab two towels on his way to the bathroom, one to wipe away his vomit and one to wipe away his tears.  Perry has become an advocate for drug courts, court dockets that help people with nonviolent offenses get treatment instead of prison time.  He has also converted his former Malibu home into a sober living house for men called Perry House.  Matthew Perry’s openness in sharing his story and the ways he is helping others will undoubtedly have an impact well beyond the reruns of “Friends.”

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