Matthew Perry and other celebrities who've battled addiction

The 'Friends' actor recalls a harrowing brush with death caused by his opioid addiction

Stars Insider

20/10/22 | StarsInsider


Fame and fortune have always held unique caveats for Hollywood stars, whether it be the pressures of audiences, the invasion of privacy, or the stress of never being able to live a "normal" life again. Many resort to substance abuse to take the edge off, but get lost and struggle to find their way back. 

Matthew Perry has been opening up about his long struggle with alcohol and drug addiction as he prepares for the release of his memoir, 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.' The autobiography delves into his darkest moments, and he gave a preview of his rock bottom in a recent interview with People. He revealed that he almost died in 2018 when his colon burst due to overuse of opioids. Perry was hospitalized and his family were told that he had a 2% chance of surviving. "I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that's called a Hail Mary. No one survives that." However, Perry did, just about. He spent two weeks in a coma and was hospitalized for a total of five months, after which he had to use a colostomy bag for nine months. Perry says the 14 surgery scars on his abdomen are effective reminders to stay sober. "All I have to do is look down."

There have been many other stars who turned to drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives to help cope, and the road to recovery often isn't linear. Click through this gallery to learn more about some of these famous faces and their battles.

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