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Matthew Perry -- I'm 'Going Away' to Focus On Sobriety

5/12/2011 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Matthew Perry tells TMZ he's making plans to "go away for a month to focus on [his] sobriety" ... as a proactive measure in his battle with substance abuse.

Matthew Perry

The "Friends" star issued a statement to TMZ ... saying, "I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery. Please enjoy making fun of me on the world wide web.”

We're told Perry has not suffered any sort of relapse -- but has planned the trip as a proactive measure.

Perry has struggled with substance abuse in the past -- checking into rehab for a prescription pill addiction in 1997 and again in 2001.

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james    

Looks like we found the guy who had herpes in vegas. Might be damage control. The calm before the storm.

1167 days ago
47.

RottonronOne    

A real jerk! He has all the money in the world, Friends re-run money, plus, what he made originally! Just think, he could marry a gold digger (male or female of course), have a baby, then, pull a Mel Gibson? Might, reignite his fading, sad, sad career?

1167 days ago
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SoberQ    

Good for him for getting back on it because he is in relapse mode if he's not doing the work...once you take the drink/pill...the relapse is done. take good care of yourself and your recovery, Matt

1167 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Wow. I thought he had everything worked out. He's so quiet & pretty much keeps to himself, unlike an unwinning d-bag fellow actor. Hope Matt can keep it up & stay clean.

1167 days ago
50.

Lori    

Ah...come on...he's going away to get those bags removed from under his eyes and a little "freshening up".

Watch, he'll come back with a beard, like Robin Williams has and Sting had after his little nip and tuck.

Men have the advantage of growing a beard until they heal and then when they shave? people say "WOW, you look so much better without the beard!".

1167 days ago
51.

PRO US    

Good luck to him.

1167 days ago
52.

MrsBettyBowers    

"prescription pill addiction"

Really? You people are no better than People magazine with your publicist-friendly lies.

And, of course, he's checking into rehab because he ISN'T back on drugs!

Kindly treat your readers with more respect.

1167 days ago
53.

Jodi    

Is it really proactive? Why bring this out in the open if you have not had a relapse? Is everybody in Hollywood a drunk or a druggie?

1167 days ago
54.

Shane D.    

Why did he feel the need to report this to TMZ- is he the Herpes A-list celebrity?

1167 days ago
55.

RD    

He's one of my favorites. I hope all goes well for him.

1167 days ago
56.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Why would we make fun of you, Matthew Perry? Were you having wild and crazy, unprotected herpe sex in a Las Vegas hotel room and recording it?

Hey man, don't sweat it--according to the Charlie Sheen Manifesto for Warlocks, that's WINNING!!

1167 days ago
57.

mannequin    

Without a court order? Now that's quite admirable Mr Perry. I'm another well wisher.

1167 days ago
58.

JimmyB    

Guess what people in the real world will be doing for the next month? ...Going to work and payin' their bills.

1167 days ago
59.

Cynstriss    

I can't imagine trying to stay sober in an industry where drug and alcohol abuse is as common as cigarette smoking. Good for him for being proactive. I wish him well.

1167 days ago
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Shaun    

Good Job! Its the best way to live man!

1167 days ago
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