May 4, 2016

Matthew Perry Talks Life After Treatment

Actor Matthew Perry is speaking out about the importance of treatment centers, saying “you can't have a drug problem for 30 years and expect to solve it in 28 days.”

Perry, who is famous for playing Chandler on “Friends,” appears in a video supporting Phoenix House, in Venice Beach, Calif.

In the video, Perry talks about treatment, and about how he keeps himself sober.

“When you're having a bad day call somebody, and ask them how they're doing and actually pay attention and listen to the answer,” he said.

Perry struggled with alcohol and drug addiction during his time on “Friends,” and after the show ended. He got sober for good in his 40's, and has been a vocal advocate of life in recovery since, using his celebrity status to raise awareness and help others.

“I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life and I've learned a lot from my failures,” he said. “But the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says can you help me stop drinking I can say yes. Just the fact that I'm out there talking about it and I used to be on T.V. makes people listen a little more, so I take advantage of that.”



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