Matthew Perry was taken to rehab in a pickup truck after filming Chandler and Monica’s wedding in Friends

Matthew Perry said he had to be taken to rehab after filming Chandler and Monica’s (Courteney Cox) wedding on Friends.

During his career, the actor struggled with addiction to alcohol and painkillers. His problems with alcohol started when he was 14, drinking beer and wine, then switching to vodka and prescription drugs.

At his worst, Perry took 55 strong painkillers a day to finish filming.

Writing in his next memoirs Friends, lovers and the great terrible thing (throughThe New York Times), explained that she was receiving treatment for her addiction while filming the show’s seventh season, which included the episode “The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding.”

“I married Monica and was taken back to the treatment center, at the height of my highest point Friendsthe high point of my career, the iconic moment of the iconic show, in a pickup truck driven by a sober technician, ”Perry said.

The other actors in the cast of Friends were aware of his addiction, Perry wrote, saying that Jennifer Aniston had once told him “in a weird but loving way” that the cast knew he was drinking again because “we can smell it. “.

“The plural ‘we’ hits me like a sledgehammer,” Perry wrote. The cast told him about his addiction on future occasions.

Perry and Cox on ‘Friends’ (Getty Images)

Perry also discussed the moment in an upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC.

In a preview of the discussion, Perry tells the host: “Imagine how scary a moment was. It was the one that achieved the most … I’m really grateful to her for that,” he says.

“Secrets kill you … secrets kill people like me.”

Talking with The New York Times, Perry explained that his addiction escalated during filming Friendsbut he did not “know how to stop”.

Perry in 2000 (Getty Images)

Perry in 2000 (Getty Images)

“I’d pretend I have back injuries,” he said. “I’d pretend I have a migraine. I had eight doctors going at the same time. I would have woken up and had to take 55 Vicodin that day and figure out how to do it.

“When you’re an addict, it’s all math. I go to this place and I have to get three. And then I go to this place and take five because I will be staying there longer. It’s exhausting, but you have to do it or you get very, very sick ”.

He continued: “I wasn’t doing it to feel high or to feel good. I certainly wasn’t a party girl, I just wanted to sit on my couch, grab five Vicodin and watch a movie. That was heaven for me. It isn’t anymore. “

Elsewhere in his memoirs, Perry revealed that he was attracted to Aniston while filming the first seasons of Friendsafter asking her out and being turned down a few years earlier.

Matthew Perry: Friends, lovers and the great terrible thing comes out on October 28th.

If you or someone you know suffers from alcohol addiction, you can confidentially call the National Alcohol Helpline Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 or visit the NHS website here for information on the programs available to you.

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, you can ask for confidential help and support 24/7 from Frank, by calling 0300 123 6600, writing 82111, sending an e-mail or by visiting their website here.

In the United States, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can be contacted at 1-800-662-HELP.

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