"My therapist said, 'The next time you think about taking OxyContin, just think about having a colostomy bag for the rest of your life,'" Perry revealed of his decision to quitting prescription pills. "And a little window opened, and I crawled through it, and I no longer want OxyContin."
The 17 Again star has been opening up like never before ahead of the release of his bombshell memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, out November 1, which dives into his longtime battle with addiction.
"I wanted to share when I was safe from going into the dark side of everything again," Perry said of the tumultuous time in his life. "I had to wait until I was pretty safely sober, and away from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction to write it all down. And the main thing was, I was pretty certain that it would help people."
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The 53-year-old recently revealed a harrowing experience where he was hospitalized and almost died after his excessive drug use made his colon burst. Perry made clear that in telling his story, he hopes to wake up and help others in the throws of addiction.
"The doctors told my family that I had a two-percent chance to live," the comedian said. "That's the time I really came close to my life ending. I was put on an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. Every doctor says it's a Hail Mary. No one survives that."
Perry, who was in a coma for nearly two weeks, explained that after making a full recovery from addiction, he was not keen on revealing how long he has been clean for. "It's important, but if you lose your sobriety, it doesn't mean you lose all that time and education," he continued. "Your sober date changes, but that's all that changes. You know everything you knew before, as long as you were able to fight your way back without dying, you learn a lot."
People conducted the interview with Perry.