Matthew is on the cover of this week’s People magazine, and he talks about his past addictions while he was filming ‘Friends’ and how he has got past it to try and help others who are in the same boat he once was.
“I had a big problem with alcohol and pills and I couldn’t stop,” he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new cover story. “Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew.”
After a harrowing, years-long battle with addictions to alcohol and Vicodin, Perry, 43, finally got sober. “Something clicked,” he says. “You have to want the help.” And he’s now dedicated to helping other addicts. He turned his former Malibu beach home into a men’s sober living facility called Perry House, and he’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 “true happiness” in his life. “The interesting reason that I can be so helpful to people now is that I screwed up so often,” he says. “It’s nice for people to see that somebody who once struggled in their life is not struggling any more.”
You go, Matthew! What an inspiration. And I am totes sad about ‘Go On’ getting canceled because that show was hilarious. The scenes in group therapy were the best. I have no doubt he will find another project. (Even though I have liked every single one of his shows since Friends and they’ve all been cancelled- whaddup TV Execs?!)