Why Matthew Perry Opened His Home to Substance Abusers

Addict turns hero as comedic actor, Matthew Perry, fights for first-time drug offenders to have a second chance at sobriety.  Perry’s goal to open The Perry House—his once-Malibu home turned rehabilitation center—has come to pass thanks to his dedication to the cause and funding from the government.

Most commonly known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom, Friends, Perry experienced life in the spotlight for over a decade. What viewers didn’t know was during that time the actor struggled with substance abuse. Matthew recognized his problem and was fortunate to have sought help, unlike thousands of first-time drug offenders in our country. After 10 years of sober living, the philanthropic funny-man made his mark on the drug courts and fought for men who would ordinarily end up behind bars to tackle their addictions and start again.

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“It’s nice for people to see that somebody who once struggled in their life is not struggling anymore.” - Matthew Perry

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- Desirée Coleman is a New York writer who can't get enough music, tea or social change. She hopes that one day all people will have access to clean drinking water.