Matthew Perry on surviving coma from substance abuse, opioid addiction

Matthew Perry’s battle with drug and alcohol abuse almost ended his life at the age of 49, according to the actor’s forthcoming memoir.

That friends Alum, now 53, spoke along persons about his book Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (posted Tuesday November 1st) which he wrote to help others. In the memoir, Perry reflects on a near-death experience he narrowly survived in 2018. It was reported at the time that Perry had undergone abdominal surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation – but the whole story was that his colon had ruptured from opioid overuse. He underwent surgery but also spent two weeks in a coma, stayed in the hospital for five months and used a colostomy bag for nine months.

“Doctors told my family I had a two percent chance of survival,” says Perry persons. “I was hooked up to a thing called an ECMO machine that does all the breathing for your heart and lungs. And that’s called Ave Mary. Nobody survives that.”

Perry finally made it – he’s had 14 stomach surgeries in all – and he says this potentially fatal experience finally put him on the road to recovery.

“My therapist said, ‘The next time you think about taking Oxycontin, just remember to have a colostomy bag for the rest of your life,'” he recalls. “And a little window opened up and I crawled through it and I don’t want Oxycontin anymore.”

Perry has previously been open about his drug and alcohol addictions, which were particularly rampant during his 10 seasons friends. Though he didn’t disclose it persons how long he’s currently sober, he revealed he’s been in rehab 15 times; He currently describes himself as a “fairly healthy bloke,” adding that he feels compelled to share his story after drug abuse almost took his life.

“That night five people were hooked up to an ECMO device, the other four died and I survived,” he says. “So the big question is why? Why was I the one? There has to be a reason.” Matthew Perry on surviving coma from substance abuse, opioid addiction

Lindsay Lowe

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