Updated December 21st, 2023 at 23:10 IST

Matthew Perry's friend talks about his 'challenging' time in rehab: He wasn’t able to deal with...

Insights from a rehab friend shed light on Matthew Perry's posthumously revealed challenges within Alcoholics Anonymous. The actor passed away on October 28.

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Matthew Perry who gained sitcom superstardom as Chandler Bing on the show Friends, died on Oct. 28. Now a close companion from the actor's time in rehab shed light on his arduous journey battling substance abuse. Matthew's friend revealed this while participating in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in New York. The revelation surfaced insights into Perry's struggle, particularly his discord with the confrontational tactics prevalent among the group members. Renowned for his work, Perry's untimely demise at the age of 54 was determined to be accidental by the medical examiner.

Matthew Perry's rehab struggles unveiled posthumously I IMDb

Challenges faced by Matthew Perry in rehab 


The former rehab acquaintance highlighted Perry's ordeal within the Alcoholics Anonymous circles, citing the actor's discomfort with the assertive approach adopted by fellow participants. Described as someone who couldn't withstand being challenged, Perry grappled with the concept of tough love within the AA setting, as revealed by the source familiar with his journey. Expressing sympathy for Perry's predicament, the individual emphasized the complexity of extending help, often misunderstood as enabling in such situations. While respecting the rehab group's privacy, the acquaintance shared insights into Perry's internal struggle, portraying him as an ordinary individual battling addiction, ensnared within what was termed as a "golden cage" by some well-meaning enablers.

Matthew Perry aka Chandler Bing died on Oct. 28 I IMDb

Matthew Perry, who publicly disclosed 19 months of sobriety before his tragic passing, was discovered unconscious in his California home's pool. The autopsy findings uncovered a lethal combination of drugs, including ketamine and others outside typical prescription usage, shedding light on the complexities of his battle.

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Perry's rehab struggles

In Perry's own words, detailed in his autobiography, he chronicled an uphill fight against addiction, revealing a staggering narrative of attending over 6,000 AA meetings, enduring 15+ rehab stints, and undergoing 65 detoxifications. His unwavering dedication, spanning half his lifetime, underscored the substantial emotional and financial investment poured into numerous treatment centers and sober living facilities.

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 Matthew Perry faced challenges and immense efforts to overcome addiction I IMDb

The journey of Matthew Perry replete with challenges and immense efforts to overcome addiction, paints a poignant picture of the struggles many face on the path to recovery.

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 23:10 IST