Matthew Perry lays bare his struggle with addiction in his new memoir “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” and told “Good Morning America” he “can’t wait” for people to read it.
“It’s really exciting that people are reading this story and I hope it helps a lot of people,” the actor said of the memoir, which will be released on November 1.
In his book, Perry talks about battling and overcoming years of drug and alcohol abuse. He said he hopes speaking out will change people‘s perception of those who suffer from addiction.
“There’s a stigma attached to it, and that needs to stop,” he said, noting that the disease “doesn’t care where it goes.”
“…I hope that my telling my story will help end this stigma,” he added.
Perry said the book was “pouring out of me” and called his writing a “rewarding experience”, but one that forced him to look within.
“It came easily to me writing it, but then I had to read it to [the audio version]and it was really difficult,” he said.
These days, Perry finds meaning in channeling his past to help others fight addiction as a sponsor.
“What’s interesting is that I’ve helped 100,000 people at the same time on one stage, but I get the same juice, I get the same thing, helping one person,” he said. he declares.
Perry said he hopes his “Friends” co-stars will read his book, revealing he’s already “gotten some really great texts from a few” of them.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction, free, confidential help is available at: FindTreatment.gov, the SAMHSA National Helpline at 800-662-4357, or for immediate situational crisis, call or text the National Crisis Lifeline at 988.