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Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing - Matthew Perry

Author & Narrator: Matthew Perry

Started: November 2, 2022

Finished: November 3, 2022

Matthew Perry is best known for playing the goofy lovable Chandler on Friends but what we didn't see was how close he was to death. Throughout his time on the hit show, Perry was becoming addicted to a variety of drugs. At one point, he was taking 55 oxycontin a day just to get by. He had drug dealers on speed dial and did what he had to do to get his next fix. Even when forced into the life or death situation of having his colon ruptured, Perry continued to use extreme amounts of illicit drugs. When he finally decides it's time to finally get control of his habit he is placed on a drug to help him detox only to discover that due to the severity of his addiction, he may be on the medication for the rest of his life.

This book has its good moments and bad moments. Perry is extremely open and honest about his addiction and just how much he fights every day. He is aware that one more high may equal the end of his life. Matthew also laments the fact that despite wanting to be loved he had severe issues of inadequacy that made him decide to leave them before they could leave him. As he continues to fight his battle, he looks back on his time on Friends, his losses, and his hope for the future.

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