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Famed actor struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. After recovery, he transformed his home into a sober house for men, which aids others on their roads to recovery.

The public rarely sees the dark side of those who have earned fame and fortune. Actors and actresses star in huge megahit movies and television shows and viewers would never think twice about their secret personal lives. It is our undying love of everything Hollywood and entertainment that creates a fantasy world where we believe celebrities are above all of the drama.

The reality is that those in the public eye can suffer the consequences of the added pressures that comes with fame. In 2004, actor Matthew Perry coped with depression, alcohol and prescription drug abuse. The media covered Perry’s struggles extensively and he says it was that scrutiny that led to his recovery. “Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates, Perry told ABC. I was pretty good at hiding it, but you know, eventually people were aware.”

Perry recruited addiction specialist Earl Hightower and converted his home in Malibu into a sober house for men called Perry’s House. The actor who played Chandler Bingo on “Friends” is just that to many who pursue sobriety from their addictions. Recently, Perry and Hightower were honored with the Champion of Recovery award from President Obama administration’s Office of National Drug Policy.

Matthew Perry overcame his addiction through visits to rehabilitation centers. Each stay at a rehab center can vary from 30-90 days, with the costs nothing short of astronomical. Many clients seek solutions to their drug and alcohol dependencies that are quicker and thus, far less costly. Harbor Village, a 24/7 professionally supervised detox center allows each client to experience detoxification in a luxury, state-of-the art environment. Situated in South Florida, clients are welcomed with upscale accommodations including a suite complete with television and headphones, salon, spa and massage services, 30,000 square feet of outdoor lounge area, gourmet dining and a results proven, personalized plan for recovery. For more information, please call 855-DETOX-00.