Matthew Perry has been very open about his struggles with addiction during and after his tenure as one of the highest-paid actors on television. And although at one point, each cast member was making $1 million per episode, Matthew admits that what he made for nine episodes funded his many attempts at getting sober. But in a moment of life imitating art, the opening theme song wasn’t just a bunch of words that either excite or annoy folks who hear it. During his struggles, Matthew says the entire cast was there for him, but Jennifer Aniston was the one who basically pulled him to the side and said, “Seems like you’re stuck in second gear, honey.” And that was when he realized his addiction issues were no longer a secret to anyone around him.
According to People, Matthew opens up about his struggles with drugs and alcohol in his upcoming memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing. But although he was making shitloads of money to portray Friends‘ Chandler Bing, there was nothing lovable about his addiction. And the almost $9 million price tag on his journey towards sobriety would have made anyone PIVOT! in the direction of a life free from addiction.
“I’ve probably spent $9 million or something trying to get sober,” Perry said. Perry previously opened up to PEOPLE about the new book and his decades-spanning journey to getting off drugs and alcohol, explaining that “everything starts with sobriety.”
“Because if you don’t have sobriety, you’re going to lose everything that you put in front of it, so my sobriety is right up there,” Perry said. “I’m an extremely grateful guy. I’m grateful to be alive, that’s for sure. And that gives me the possibility to do anything.”
Matthew also said his former Friends co-stars offered their support as he battled his demons. But Entertainment Weekly reports it was Jennifer Aniston who became his mirror and informed him that he doesn’t just need to be on a break from his addiction. He needs to leave it behind entirely.
An excerpt published in The Times reveals it was Aniston who caught wind of Perry’s troubles despite him never having been drunk on set.
“I know you’re drinking,” Aniston had said. Perry, who also reveals in his memoir that he had a big crush on Aniston during their time on the sitcom, writes, “I had long since gotten over her — ever since she started dating Brad Pitt, I was fine — and had worked out exactly how long to look at her without it being awkward, but still, to be confronted by Jennifer Aniston was devastating.”
“And I was confused,” he continues, adding that he asked Aniston how she could tell. “I’ve been trying to hide it.” Perry writes, “‘We can smell it,’ she said, in a kind of weird but loving way, and the plural ‘we’ hit me like a sledgehammer. ‘I know I’m drinking too much,’ I said, ‘but I don’t exactly know what to do about it.'”
Help.org says that according to a 2013 survey, the price of a 30-day inpatient rehab stay ranges from $5k to $20k, and the price of a 30-day inpatient luxury rehab stay ranges from $30k to $100k. Welcome to the business of rehab! But that was in 2013, and Matthew may have gotten off cheap. Because when you bring inflation into it, a 30-day luxury rehab stay today would cost Matthew a total of $9 million (and his soul).
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