July 03, 2013 07:36:26 GMT
In the new issue of PEOPLE magazine, the former 'Friends' star opens up about his addiction to pills and alcohol.
Canadian TV actor Matthew Perry may perhaps be forever known as the guy who played Chandler Bing on the well-loved sitcom "Friends". But in his latest interview with People magazine, the 43-year-old comedian revealed that ironically, the lowest point in his personal life was about the same time the show enjoyed the most success, to the extent of paying his per-episode salary of $1 million.
"I had a big problem with alcohol and pills and I couldn't stop," Perry said, opening up about struggling with addiction during his hit TV show's 10-year run. "Eventually things got so bad that I couldn't hide it, and then everybody knew," about how "painfully hungover" he was while on the set filming the series.
Many would think being hungover resulted from extreme partying the night before, but Perry elicits both surprise and sympathy as he reveals it was driven by loneliness. He tells he would "come home, light some candles, have a drink, watch a movie that was slightly over my head and label myself something ridiculous like a misunderstood artist."
Now that he's sober, Perry wants to help others battling the same addiction he had gone through for years. He has turned his Malibu beach house into a men's sober living facility named Perry House to show people suffering from addiction that they can overcome it like he did. All in all, Perry says, in sobriety and by helping people, he has finally found "true happiness."