Matthew Perry is sharing her health and struggles with addiction.
Before the release of his upcoming memoir, Friends, Lovers and Horrorsitcom icon sit down with People for their Wednesday issue to usher in a terrifying crisis that almost cost him his life. He opens by explaining his reasons for writing his new book:
“I wanted to share when I was safe from going into the dark side of things again. I had to wait until I was safely quite sober – and away from the active addiction and alcoholism – to write it all down.”
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The 53-year-old then shared his truth – one that he initially disguised for the public four years ago as a ‘digestive perforation’, but is now ready to clean up. : he almost died from a ruptured colon due to OxyContin Overdose. He explained that at the time, he was rushed to the hospital, and upon admission, “the doctors told my family I had a two per cent chance of survival,” adding:
“I was brought into something called ECMO machine, doing all the breathing for your heart and lungs. And that is called the Hail Mary. No one survived that.”
Now THAT is some scary stuff! We can’t imagine being his family, hearing that all odds are against him. However, he fought and fought, and after TWO weeks in a coma, he regained consciousness, but was still far from recovering. Matthew recalls spending five months in the hospital and another nine months using a colectomy bag. He shared:
“Five people put the ECMO on that night and the other four died and I survived. So the big question is why? Why am I one? There must be some kind of reason. “
Now, he’s moved all of that into his memoir, noting the “main” reason for writing it was “I’m pretty sure it will help people.”
As we heard in the post, the star’s addiction started around the time he was cast in the role Friend at the age of 24, and since then, he just “can’t stop because the disease and addiction are progressing. So it just gets worse and worse as you get older.” However, after 15 rounds of rehab and a near-death experience, he notes, “I’m pretty healthy now.” Playfully, he confessed:
“I have to stop going to the gym as much, because I don’t want to just be able to play superheroes. But no, I’m a pretty healthy guy right now.”
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Matthew didn’t give specifics about how long he’s currently sober, but explains that he counts each day, noting:
“That’s important, but if you lose your sanity, that doesn’t mean you’ve lost all your time and education. Your sober days change, but that’s all that changes. You know all you know before, as long as you can fight back without dying, you will learn a lot. “
He also admitted the scars left on his abdomen after 14 life-saving surgeries were “a reminder to stay awake,” noting, “all I had to do was look down.” He continued:
“My therapist said, ‘next time you think about taking Oxycontin, think about having an anal cystectomy for the rest of your life,’ and a little window opened and I ducked in. over there and I don’t want to take Oxycontin anymore.”
We’re glad he’s still with us as he continues his sobering journey. React, longtime readers? Let us know in the comments section below!
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