Matthew Perry has opened up about his struggles with substance abuse, admitting he has “learnt a lot from his failures”.
The former Friends star was battling a drink and drug addiction while filming everyone’s favourite sitcom and has praised treatment centres, in particular Phoenix House in Venice Beach, California.
Matthew, who is now sober, spoke openly about his problems in a new video with The Hollywood Reporter, released on his 46th birthday.
“You can’t have a drug problem for 30 years and expect it to be solved in 28 days,” he says in the opening scenes.
“I’m a pretty private person but I was on a TV show that 30million people were watching so people knew. It was very public what was happening to me,” he continued.
“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life. I’ve learned a lot from my failures, but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says ‘Can you help me give up drinking?’ I can say yes.”
Matthew played TV favourite Chandler Bing in US sitcom Friends.
The true extent of his struggles only surfaced after the sitcom came to an end in 2004 and Matthew admitted he was a “sick guy”.
He went on to appear in hit shows like The Good Wife and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and films like 17 Again, alongside Zac Efron and Leslie Man.