Matthew Perry Says He's Spent Around $9 Million Trying To Get Sober

Matthew Perry, famous for his role in the Friends sitcom, has claimed that he spent a shocking amount of money on his attempts to sober up.

The 53-year-old made the revelations during an interview with The New York Times. He was promoting his upcoming memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.

During the interview, he said:

"I've probably spent USD$9 million or something trying to get sober,"

He also claimed that he had just celebrated 18 months of sobriety.

Diane Sawyer, an ABC News reporter, also asked him about the incident in which his Friends co-star, Jennifer Aniston, confronted him about his drinking problem.

Perry recalled the encounter as something he was grateful for.

"Imagine how scary a moment that was. She was the one who reached out the most, you know. I'm really grateful to her for that."

The famous actor also said that there was a point when he was taking "55 Vicodin a day."

At a time when he should have been a big deal, he laments that he was in "a dark room meeting nothing but drug dealers and completely alone."

In another interview, he explained that his alcohol problem was getting worse when he got a life-changing role in the iconic sitcom.

His alcohol problem only got worse. In 2018, he nearly lost his life to addiction.

Perry had said that he was hospitalized over a gastrointestinal issue. However, the reality is that he was put in the hospital because his colon had burst over his opioid use.

He ended up spending five months in the hospital. He was in a coma for two of these weeks.

After that, he had to wear a colostomy bag for nine months.

During his interview, he revealed that his co-stars understood him and supported him.

He compared them to penguins:

"It's like penguins. Penguins, in nature, when one is sick, or when one is very injured, the other penguins surround it and prop it up. They walk around it until that penguin can walk on its own. That's kind of what the cast did for me."

From 1994 to 2004, he played the role of Chandler Bing in Friends. His co-stars included David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and Courteney Cox.

The series was on air for 10 seasons, and it turned the cast members into popular stars.

Perry's memoir will be released on November 1.