A Men’s Sober Living Facility That Was Once Matthew Perry’s Home
by Robert Hunt
Many adults today who are in their 30’s and 40’s today are very familiar with the names Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Chandler from the TV show Friends. Although in the show, we saw those characters living out the challenges of daily life, on the whole, they were happy and well adjusted people. Besides, the series brought much laughter to a wide audience of the American public.
However, behind the scenes, the actor Matthew Perry, who played Chandler, was struggling with an addiction. Some say that his struggle with drugs and alcohol was visible by his variations in weight on the show.
Perry was very good at hiding his addiction issues
Recently, in an ABC News Interview, he admitted that he has was trying to find sober living for many years and that during the making of the show he was concealing a heavy addiction. Perry admitted, "Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it but, you know, eventually people were aware.”
Perry was on the show from at 24 to 34 and as he put it, “I was in the white-hot flame of fame.” At one point, his career was threatened when the production of a 2002 film he was a part of was delayed because of Perry’s addiction problems. In his early 30’s, he was in and out of sober living homes, yearning for long term sobriety. Perry has found sober living and that his sobriety is here to stay. In fact, he is transforming his own struggle with addiction into facilitating sobriety for others.
Turned his home into a sober living facility for men
The 43-year-old actor turned his Malibu home into a men’s sober living facility. He worked with addiction specialist Earl Hightower to convert his home, where he no longer lives, into what’s now called Perry House. It’s a men’s sober living facility that offers a 12-step program, meditation, and other holistic services to help men get sober. Perry is also an advocate in the courts, fighting for nonviolent substance abusers to get rehabilitative sober help instead of sending them off to jail.
"The interesting reason that I can be so helpful to people now,” said Perry in his ABC News Interview, “is that I screwed up so often," he said. "It's nice for people to see that somebody who once struggled in their life is not struggling anymore."
Yes, certainly Perry is a role model for others who are currently in a situation that Perry was once in. The struggles he had then are facilitating being a strong support for other men now.
Very difficult journey
Getting sober and maintaining that sobriety is a difficult journey, a path that Perry has walked himself. For this reason, he is an excellent advocate for those who were once in his shoes and who are now looking for long term sober living. No doubt the men’s sober living facility he created is a means for providing support and a safe haven for men who are going through what Perry went through earlier in his life.
"When I die,” Perry said in the interview, “I'd like 'Friends' to be listed behind helping people.” With his strong desire to be an advocate for rehabilitation instead of punishment and by providing a men’s sober living facility such as Perry House, it’s likely to happen. Although he will forever be known as Chandler, Perry is carving a new reputation for himself, a facilitator of sober living and long-term sobriety.
This post was authored by Robert Hunt. He writes about drug and alcohol addiction and is an advocate for mental health treatment. You can find him on Twitter via @RecoveryRobert.