Actor Matthew Perry, according to the UK Metro, has recently made several trips to Washington DC to lobby for support of specialist drug courts. The Superior Court of California Drug Court Services defines drug court as “a special court given responsibility to handle cases involving substance-abusing offenders through comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services and immediate sanctions and incentives.” They offer individuals facing criminal charges for drug use and possession an opportunity to enter a substance abuse recovery program instead of serving jail time. For Perry, lobbying for drug courts is more than just a good deed.
“Friends” legend Matthew Perry says he’s finally found ‘meaning’ in his life by helping drug addicts beat their demons. The 43-year-old, who privately battled his own addiction to prescription pills, admitted his drug-addled past has also dashed a dream of running for US President one day. ‘My life has a lot more meaning now that I try to help people,’ said Perry, who spent a decade churning out the laughs with sarcastic gags as Chandler Bing on the hit US sitcom.
Personal testimony is a powerful tool that any recovered addict possesses. Add to that scenario, that the recovered addict is a well-known and well-liked celebrity, and you have quite a platform for creating change. So hats off to Matthew Perry for using his powers for good.