In the months before his untimely death, Matthew Perry was reportedly in the early stages of establishing a foundation dedicated to supporting individuals struggling with substance abuse issues.
Accordingly TMZThe late performer planned to create an organization similar to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to fund addiction recovery treatments.
It was also reported that friends of the actor, who died last Saturday at the age of 54, are planning to set up an organization in his memory.
According to the media outlet, Perry wanted his legacy to be defined by his commitment to helping people with substance abuse problems, in contrast to his high-profile role on “Friends” in which he portrayed Chandler Bing.
The artist has spoken openly about his struggles with addiction in the past, giving his fans detailed descriptions of his past struggles in his memoir “Friends, Lovers, And The Big Terrible Thing,” published last year.
He’s Doing His Best: In the months before his untimely death, Matthew Perry was in the “early stages of establishing a foundation dedicated to supporting individuals struggling with substance abuse-related issues.” It can be seen in 2017
In his book, the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor admitted to developing an alcohol addiction at age 14, which progressed to daily drinking by age 18.
Perry also sat down for an interview with Diane Sawyer in October last year, in which she discussed how he dealt with his addiction on the set of Friends, where he tried to hide his problems from his co-stars.
He remembered about Entertainment tonight“I made a rule that I would never drink or take anything at work. But I would show up blindly hungover.”
The actor went on to talk about how his castmates unexpectedly confronted him after smelling alcohol on his body during filming, writing: “I thought I hid it so well.”
The actor developed an addiction to various substances and became dependent on painkillers after he was involved in a jet ski accident on the set of the 2000 film “Fools Rush In.”
Perry’s addiction progressed to the point where he recalled taking up to 55 Vicodin tablets a day, among other things.
Although the artist visited various rehabilitation facilities several times, he also suffered numerous relapses throughout his life.
The actor’s troubles came to a head in 2018 when he almost died after his colon ruptured due to his opioid addiction.
Working hard: According to TMZ, the late artist planned to create an organization similar to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to fund addiction treatment; It can be seen in 2022
Tough Memories: In his book, the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor admitted to developing an alcohol addiction at age 14, which progressed to daily drinking by age 18
Coming Out Alive: The actor’s troubles reached a peak in 2018 when he almost died after his colon ruptured due to his opioid addiction; It can be seen in 2022
Perry was also active in recovery organizations later in his life and previously operated a rehabilitation center called Perry House from his former mansion in Malibu.
The artist ran the center for several years before selling his former home in 2015, but remained dedicated to supporting those struggling with addiction issues.
The actor spoke at the time The Hollywood Reporter and stated that he was proud to be able to help other people’s recovery processes.
Perry said: “The best thing for me is when an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I’ll say, yes. I know how to do that.