Who doesn’t love Chandler from America’s most famous 90s sitcom FRIENDS? Matthew Perry, who played the character of Chandler Bing, is now opening up about his drug addiction and almost losing his life due to it in a recent People’s magazine issue. For those of you who don’t know about this, the star developed an alcohol and drug problem in the 1990s when FRIENDS was being filmed.
Perry explained how his “gastrointestinal perforation” in 2019 was actually his colon bursting from excessive opioid abuse. This caused him a lot of trouble and the damage was so severe that he ended up in a coma for two weeks. He later explained how God helped him by saving his life. Even after a mere 2% chance of surviving his colon burst, Matthew Perry came out alive- and he is grateful to God for letting him live today.
Matthew Perry will tell in detail about the worst days in his new book
The now 53-year-old actor is writing an autobiography! In his upcoming memoir, called Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing Matthew Perry will talk about his struggle with addiction back in the day and open up about his gloomy days; the addiction that made him take 55 Vicodins a day made his weight touch a shocking 128 pounds. The actor, in 2018, after his colon burst due to overuse of opioids, was almost dead.
Matthew Perry has detailed his near-death experience in his memoir and how there were only two percent chances of survival for him. He was put on an “extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine” that does “all the breathing” for his lungs and heart, he told in a new interview with People. The book will come out on 28th October 2022 and is expected to share in detail about his addiction problem and the consequences he had to face due to it.
How Matthew Perry got sober from drugs with the help
It took 2 weeks of coma for the Hollywood star to come back to life. To People’s Magazine, he recalled, “I woke up and realized I had a colostomy bag. They said, ‘It’s all too messy down there. We can’t do surgery. But in about a year you can reverse that.” The “Whole Nine Yards” star explained how using a colostomy bag to store his feces for almost a year helped him kick his drug addiction. He revealed, “It was pretty hellish having one because they break all the time.”
With the help of his therapist, he got sober from drugs. “My therapist said, ‘The next time you think about taking Oxycontin, just think about having a colostomy bag for the rest of your life,’” Perry revealed about the incident after which he no longer wanted Oxycontin and stopped abusing it.
Matthew Perry questions his survival and thanks God for his miracle
The actor was also successful in overcoming his alcohol abuse after a close experience with God in which, he believes, he sensed God in his kitchen. He explained “It was this bright yellow object that became all-encompassing. I couldn’t see the kitchen anymore. It was just this light, and I felt loved and understood, and in the company of God or whatever.”
“My dad was right next to me and we were holding hands and I was praying when it started, which is something I rarely did. It was like God showed me what’s possible. And then said, ‘Okay. Now you go learn this.’”
He also shared his near-death experience when all the doctors gave up on him and said he had only a two percent chance of survival, “Every doctor says it’s a Hail Mary. No one survives that. So the big question is why? Why was I the one that survived? There has to be some kind of reason.” The actor believes that some higher power helped him survive his complications and he is thankful to god for this miracle.
Source: Page Six