Matthew Perry on getting sober: 'I can be so helpful to people now [because] I screwed up so often'
At the height of his "Friends" fame, Matthew Perry was earning as much as $1 million an episode, but his personal life was out of control. "I had a big problem with alcohol and pills and I couldn't stop," he tells People in the magazine's latest cover story. "Eventually things got so bad that I couldn't hide it, and then everybody knew." Eventually, though, he says he realized he wanted help. Since getting sober, Perry, 43, has created a sober living facility called Perry House in what was once his own beach home, and has been working tirelessly in support of getting other addicts real rehab instead of just jail time. "The interesting reason that I can be so helpful to people now is that I screwed up so often," he says. "It's nice for people to see that somebody who once struggled in their life is not struggling anymore."