As the Rembrandt’s theme from Friends says “I’ll be there for you”. And Jennifer Aniston was there for Mathew Perry.
Speaking to ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer in a trailer advancing his Oct. 28 interview, Matthew Perry recalls the time Aniston confronted him on his problem.
“Imagine how scary a moment that was,” he said. “She was the one who reached out the most, you know. I’m really grateful to her for that.”
The trailer reveals Perry telling Sawyer that he also was once taking “55 Vicodin a day,” in addition to Methadone, Xanax and a bottle of vodka.
“At the time, I should have been the toast of the town,” the actor said, instead “I was in a dark room meeting nothing but drug dealers, and completely alone.”
His addiction worsened in the ensuing years, to the point where four years ago when his colon burst from opioid abuse. He was in a coma for two weeks, hospitalised for five, and was fitted with a colostomy bag for nine months. “I escaped death really narrowly”
Perry, who has been open about his struggles with addiction, reveals all in his new book, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, which comes out Nov 1st.