Matthew Perry recalls how he smashed his head repeatedly against a wall during 'prison-like' rehab stay

'I checked into my room, and the clock started. By day four I was going out of my mind,' the ‘Friends’ star recalled about his stay in a rehab center

Matthew Perry recalls how he smashed his head repeatedly against a wall during 'prison-like' rehab stay
Actor Matthew Perry at the premiere of Reelz's 'The Kennedys After Camelot' at The Paley Center for Media on March 15, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES; CALIFORNIA: Matthew Perry has penned down his horrific experience at a rehabilitation center in his new book, called ‘Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing’. The ‘Friends’ star has claimed to severely hurt himself by smashing his head against a wall during his stay at the apparent prison-like rehab.

In the book, the 53-year-old American-Canadian has reportedly noted that there was a time when he had to stay in a New York treatment center after being in hospital for five months due to his colon explosion. At the time, he was asked not to smoke as well as to avoid taking any drugs, which was quite difficult for him. He wrote: “I checked into my room, and the clock started. By day four I was going out of my mind, this has always been the hardest day.”

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Perry reportedly mentioned that the center was like a jail for him and he was staying a floor above his therapists. Once he chose to use stairs instead of lift while being in a confused state. He also said that during that time he felt like his whole life was playing in front of him — “from being abandoned by his father as a child, to growing up playing tennis and pining for his mother's affection,” The Sun reported.

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Actor Matthew Perry of the television show 'The Kennedys - After Camelot' speaks onstage during the REELZChannel portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actor Matthew Perry of the television show 'The Kennedys - After Camelot' speaks onstage during the REELZChannel portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The actor stated in the memoir released on November 1: “I'll never be able to fully explain what happened next, but all of a sudden, I started slamming my head against the wall, as hard as humanly possible. Fifteen-love. SLAM! Thirty-love. SLAM! Forty-love. SLAM! Game. Ace after ace, volley after perfect volley, my head the ball, the wall of cement the court, all the pain on the cement and on the wall, and all over my face, completing the Grand Slam, the umpire screaming, 'GAME, SET AND MATCH, UNACCOMPANIED MINOR, SIX LOVE, NEEDS LOVE, SIX LOVE. SCARED OF LOVE.”

“There was blood everywhere,” he said before he was stopped by a person who also questioned him: “Why are you doing that?” To which Perry replied: “I gazed at her, and looking like Rocky Balboa from every one of those last scenes, I said: 'Because I couldn't think of anything better to do.' Stairwells.”

Earlier, Perry had mentioned using a colostomy bag when he was recovering and also being covered in his own feces. He had told GQ, “I had s**t all over my face, all over my body, in the bed next door. When it breaks, it breaks. You have to get nurses.”

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Actor Matthew Perry attends the CBS, CW, Showtime Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Actor Matthew Perry attends the CBS, CW, Showtime Summer TCA Party at Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Perry’s book has already created a lot of buzz online with a user saying, “Never read a book in my entire life but I’m definitely getting this. Friends helped me through some tough times when I was younger and Chandler was my favorite. It’s mad to think @MatthewPerry was going through all he was acting through it making us smile but suffering himself.”

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Another user tweeted, “Rec'd my copy today, can't wait to dive in! We're all SO proud of you for doing this, for yourself and for all of the other people out there who have been suffering. I have worked for MH/SA for over 27 years now & believe me, your story WILL change lives. We ❤ you Friend!” The third one added: “I’m listening to the audiobook version. It’s really great. I appreciate how you are linking childhood trauma to addiction, and your candour is so empowering. Well done, Matty! Hope you are feeling the love & less alone than you were yesterday. We’re here 4U!”

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