Matthew Perry Comes Clean

Lessons from the "Friends" star about living a sober life.
2:20 | 05/30/13

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And fimly tonight, every family in america knows someone dealing with addiction. And matthew perry, yes, the star of "friends" is reaching out tonight with more on his story and his new determination to throw out a life line to people who want t recover. ♪ Reporter: It was one of the most popular sitcoms in television history, and the man playing chandler bing had a secret. I've had a very long, hard day. Mostly it was drinking and -- and opiates. Did people on the set know? I think I was pretty good at hiding it, you know. But, you know, eventually people were aware. Reporter: Matthew perry knew something had to change. It was sort of fear of death, i as opposed to. Reporter: Fear of death? Yeah. Like, I was getting very sick. So I had to so something about it. Reporter: There were multiple trips to rehab and there was one man who answered perry's every call for help, addiction specialist earl hightower. This guy has saved my life, literally 15, 16 times. Reporter: Perry got sober. Today, perry has turned his past into a mission, helping others find a path to recovery. Congress must continue to support the -- Reporter: That includes more funding for drug courts, sending nonviolent drug offenders to treatment, rather than jail. He has raised tens of millions of dollars, lobbied congress, he custody an award from the white house. Which is a very surreal thing. We're award-winning alcoholics. Reporter: He even opened a sober living home, perry house, to help men transition from rehab into the real world. The thing that I'm most proud of in my life is that if a stranger came up to me and said "i can't stop drinking. I can't stop drinking. Can you help me?" I can say, "yes, I can help you." Reporter: It may just be his best role yet. Cecelia vega, abc news, los angeles. And it was so good to have you watching us tonight. I want to remind you tonight on "nightline," the incredible drama, six months in the life of a school labelled one of the most dangerous in america. And you have to meet these kids and these teachers.

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