Matthew Perry Honored At White House For Drug System Advocacy

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May 7, 2013 | 7:25am EST

Matthew Perry has been honored at the White House for his support of the DrugCourt system.
The actor battled addictions to alcohol and prescription pills at the height of his Friends fame, before seeking professional help and getting clean.
He has thrown his support behind the government’s DrugCourt campaign, which incorporates a system of judges who specialise in addiction and help first-time offenders with substance issues to enter rehab rather than sentencing them to jail.
On Monday, Perry was presented with the Champion of Recovery award from the Office of National Drug Control Policy for raising awareness of the DrugCourt scheme as well as speaking honestly about his own substance abuse problems.
After the presentation, he told The Hollywood Reporter, “During my darkest times, I never could have imagined receiving an award at the White House.”