A jet ski accident started his spiral
Perry’s initial spiral out of control had nothing to do with hard-partying in Hollywood. According to People, the star suffered a jet ski accident 1997 and became addicted to prescribed Vicodin.
“‘Here, take this,'” he remembers the doctors telling him. “I did and I felt better than I ever felt in my entire life. I had a big problem with pills and alcohol, and I couldn’t stop.”
Things were further complicated by the success of Friends. “I was on Friends from age 24 to 34,” Perry said. “I was in the white-hot flame of fame. The six of us were just everywhere all the time. From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism. It was going on before Friends, but it’s a progressive disease. I wasn’t a massive party guy. I wasn’t a bull-in-a-china-shop kind of drinker.”