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Matthew Perry Says He's an 'Award-Winning Alcoholic' After Being Honored for Helping Fellow Addicts

Originally posted 08/20/2015 02:25PM

Matthew Perry is opening up about his addiction struggle – and the importance of giving back to the community during his ongoing sobriety.

"You can't have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it be solved in 28 days," the former Friends star, 46, told The Hollywood Reporter in a video for Phoenix House, a California-based treatment center.

"At Phoenix House, I was very moved by the hope that I saw there, which is what this is all about," says Perry, who currently stars in The Odd Couple on CBS. "Getting sober is a really hard thing to do."

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Matt LeBlanc & Matthew Perry Weren't Invited to Jennifer & Justin's Wedding – But Call Them a 'Lovely Couple'

UpdatePosted 08/16/2015 12:50PM

Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry Weren't Invited to Jennifer Aniston's Wedding – But Call Her and Justin a 'Lovely Couple'

Originally posted 08/11/2015 09:30AM

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Theroux! Get an inside look at the top-secret, ultra-romantic A-list celebration and honeymoon. Subscribe now for all the details plus exclusive photos, only in PEOPLE!

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Peek Into These Stunning Celebrity Backyards (Photos) | Paula Deen

Peek Into These Stunning Celebrity Backyards (Photos)

Originally posted 04/21/2015 10:00AM

Pools, patios and tennis courts! These stars are living the high life in the great outdoors

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Peek Into These Stunning Celebrity Backyards (Photos) | Kylie Jenner

Peek Into These Stunning Celebrity Backyards (Photos)

Originally posted 04/21/2015 10:00AM

Pools, patios and tennis courts! These stars are living the high life in the great outdoors

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What's Matthew Perry's Go-to Dish in the Kitchen?

What's Matthew Perry's Go-to Dish in the Kitchen?

Originally posted 03/14/2015 07:35AM

Matthew Perry returns to TV starring in the new CBS comedy The Odd Couple but the 45-year-old actor admits it's been a while since he's taken the bus. He says cooking isn't his strong suit but claims he does make a mean grilled cheese, when he chatted with PEOPLE this week about "one last thing" …

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Matthew Perry Nearly Missed Out on Friends to Play an Alien Baggage Handler

Originally posted 02/18/2015 11:20AM

[YOUTUBE "gEaZ7aKaV7I"] Could Matthew Perry be any luckier?

When he had the chance to audition for the role of Chandler Bing, he narrowly avoided having to skip the Friends audition because he was committed to another series called LAX 2194 that even FOX, the show's own network, called "the worst thing we've ever seen in our lives," Perry joked.

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The Friends Cast Hanging Out with Their Younger Selves

Originally posted 04/22/2014 01:00PM

Friends fans maybe find it hard to believe, but it's been a decade since the Central Perk crew did their last fountain dance.

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Lisa Kudrow & Matthew Perry: If It Were Up to Us, Friends Would Keep Going

Lisa Kudrow & Matthew Perry: If It Were Up to Us, Friends Would Keep Going

Originally posted 07/28/2013 03:00PM

Lisa Kudrow got a little nostalgic with her former Friends costar Matthew Perry when he filled in as guest host on Piers Morgan Tonight Friday.

The pair reminisced about how much they enjoyed working on the iconic sitcom, which ended nine years ago, and Perry, 43, admitted, "If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped."

Kudrow agreed: "If it were up to us, you know, individually, then yes. I would keep going … We had a lot of fun."

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Former Addicts, Experts Explain Why Rehab Didn't Save Cory Monteith | Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith: Why Didn't Rehab Work?

Originally posted 07/20/2013 09:00AM

Why didn't rehab save Cory Monteith?

When the Glee star died at 31 of a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol, he was just two months out of treatment for substance abuse. Post-rehab, the actor looked healthy and happy, attending a hockey game with his girlfriend, Lea Michele, dining out with friends and attending a photo call for the next season of his FOX hit.

But addiction experts say that the immediate period after rehab is one of tremendous vulnerability.

"Newly sober people are more fragile than before they became addicts," says Bob Forrest, a California-based certified drug and alcohol counselor.

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Matthew Perry's Untold Story: My Life as an Addict

Matthew Perry's Untold Story: My Life as an Addict

Originally posted 07/06/2013 03:05PM

At 24, Matthew Perry landed a role that would utterly change his life – and help define a generation: Chandler Bing on Friends.

Along with his five castmates, his face was suddenly on everything from calendars to coffee mugs, and his salary ballooned to $1 million an episode. As his sardonic alter ego might have put it, "Could he be any more famous?"

But behind the scenes, Perry struggled with a serious alcohol problem. Then, after a 1997 Jet Ski accident, a doctor prescribed him Vicodin and said, "'Here, take this.' I did, and I felt better than I ever felt in my entire life," Perry says. "I had a big problem with pills and alcohol, and I couldn't stop."

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