Matthew Perry reveals the cost of his sobriety: ‘I’ve probably spent $9 million trying to get sober’


Matthew Perry has revealed the steep cost of his sobriety journey.

The Friends star, 53, shared the head-turning amount of money he spent on getting help for his addiction in a recent interview with The New York Times, while promoting his upcoming memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.

‘I’ve probably spent $9 million or something trying to get sober,’ the actor estimated, while also sharing that he recently celebrated 18 months of sobriety.

‘I’ve probably spent $9 million or something trying to get sober’: Matthew Perry, 53, revealed the steep cost of his sobriety a few days after sharing he nearly died from an opioid addiction

The timeline indicated that Perry was newly sober during the Friends reunion special, which aired in May 2021.

Perry’s net worth stands at $120 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The actor made $22,500 per episode on the first season of Friends, with his salary rising to a whooping $1 million per episode for the last two seasons (nine and ten). 

It comes just a few days since he revealed that he nearly died from an opioid addiction, and detailed how his drug and alcohol addictions left him with a 2% survival after opioids caused his colon to burst and left him in a two-week coma.

The TV star is set to sit down with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer for an exclusive broadcast interview, airing Friday, October 28 at 8 pm EST on ABC; It will be available the following day on Hulu.

Sober: The Friends star also shared that he recently celebrated 18 months of sobriety, indicating that her was newly sober during the Friends reunion special in May 2021

Sober: The Friends star also shared that he recently celebrated 18 months of sobriety, indicating that her was newly sober during the Friends reunion special in May 2021

In the trailer Perry revealed that co-star Jennifer Aniston confronted him about his drinking and revealed to the actor that she and the rest of the cast ‘”know you’re drinking.”‘ 

He also shared Aniston’s continued support during his recovery: ‘[Aniston] was the one that reached out the most,’ he revealed. ‘I’m really grateful to her for that.’

The extent of Perry’s drug addiction was revealed on Thursday during his interview with People Magazine, while he was speaking about his upcoming memoir.

During his interview, Perry – best known for playing Chandler Bing on Friends – spoke about his decades long battle to rid himself of the disease of addiction.

Road to recovery: Last week the TV star - who is set to sit down with Diane Sawyer for an exclusive interview airing October 28 - detailed how his drug and alcohol addictions left him with a 2% survival after opioids caused his colon to burst and left him in a two-week coma

Road to recovery: Last week the TV star – who is set to sit down with Diane Sawyer for an exclusive interview airing October 28 – detailed how his drug and alcohol addictions left him with a 2% survival after opioids caused his colon to burst and left him in a two-week coma

He revealed that he had to have 14 surgeries on is stomach and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months; he said his stomach has a number of scars from the multiple surgeries.

His therapist told him he may have to use a colostomy bag for the rest of his life if he takes drugs again, something that keeps him from relapsing.

The actor did not disclose when he got sober but said he is ‘pretty healthy’ now and chooses to ‘count each day.’

The actor also said he had to go to rehab 15 times in a bid to get clean; his first bout was in 1997 and then again in 2001 and in 2011.

Confrontation: In the trailer for the new interview, Perry also revealed that Jennifer Aniston confronted him about his drinking saying she and the rest of the cast 'know you're drinking'

Confrontation: In the trailer for the new interview, Perry also revealed that Jennifer Aniston confronted him about his drinking saying she and the rest of the cast ‘know you’re drinking’

Support: He also shared Aniston's continued support during his recovery: '[Aniston] was the one that reached out the most,' he revealed. 'I'm really grateful to her for that'; Pictured 1995

Support: He also shared Aniston’s continued support during his recovery: ‘[Aniston] was the one that reached out the most,’ he revealed. ‘I’m really grateful to her for that’; Pictured 1995

During his interview he shared: ‘The doctors told my family that I had a two percent chance to live. I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. No one survives that.’

Adding: ‘I wanted to share when I was safe from going into the dark side of everything again.’

‘I had to wait until I was pretty safely sober – and away from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction – to write it all down. And the main thing was, I was pretty certain that it would help people,’ Matthew said.

Surgeries: Matthew had revealed that he to have 14 surgeries on is stomach and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months; he said his stomach has a number of scars from the multiple surgeries

Surgeries: Matthew had revealed that he to have 14 surgeries on is stomach and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months; he said his stomach has a number of scars from the multiple surgeries

The actor said his alcohol addiction began when he was 24 while starring on Friends, adding that he was ‘entrenched in a lot of trouble’ by age 34.

Mathhew revealed that at one time he was taking 55 Vicodin a day while on Friends, noting that he was down to 128 pounds but ‘didn’t know how to stop.’

He said that his co-stars on Friends ‘were understanding’ and ‘patient.’

During season nine, Matthew was sober; that was the year he also was nominated for Best Actor.

Claim to fame: The actor said his alcohol addiction began when he was 24 while starring on Friends, adding that he was 'entrenched in a lot of trouble' by age 34

Claim to fame: The actor said his alcohol addiction began when he was 24 while starring on Friends, adding that he was ‘entrenched in a lot of trouble’ by age 34

He played Chandler from 1994 to 2004 on Friends alongside co-stars David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

The show aired for 10 seasons and made the stars household names.

They reunited in 2021 – the first time after 17 years since the show ended – for a reunion special.

Matthew’s memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is available on November 1.

Coming soon: Matthew's memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is available on November 1

Coming soon: Matthew’s memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is available on November 1

 

 

 

 



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