Matthew Perry to Enter Rehab

Friday, May 13, 2011

MATTHEW Perry is to enter rehab to deal with his ongoing “sobriety” issues.

The former Friends actor — who has previously dealt with substance abuse issues by checking into an in-patient facility in 1997 and 2001 — has not suffered a relapse, but intends to “go away” for some time to focus on himself.

H”I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery,” he said.

“Please enjoy making fun of me on the world wide web.”

The 41-year-old star has not yet entered a facility but plans to do so soon.

Matthew first became addicted to painkillers following a jet skiing accident, and he confessed he was taking 20 to 30 pills a day before going to rehab in 1997.

After his initial recovery he was hospitalized with pancreatitis in 2000 due to excessive alcohol consumption, leading to a stay in the Promises Center in 2001.

Matthew currently stars in TV series Mr. Sunshine — which he also co-created — which tells the tale of a man who begins to re-evaluate his life when he turns 40.