Matthew Perry Received Award for Addiction Advocacy
Friends Star, Matthew Perry recently received a Champion of Recovery award from the Obama Administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. The actor was honored not only for his outspoken support of President Barack Obama’s effort to make rehabilitation-centered local drug courts a key component of the nation’s approach to combating addiction, but also for his frank discussion of his own experience with prescription drug addiction and recovery.
Perry became hooked on prescription painkillers and admitted to frequently mixing his drug use with alcohol during the years he was filming Friends. He ended up in rehab twice and has since become a speaker on the perils of prescription drugs. After the White House meeting, Perry joined drug court advocates in speaking at a Capitol Hill briefing with Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse.
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