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Actor Matthew Perry to Share Story of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction at Austin Recovery Fundraiser


Actor Matthew Perry to Share Story of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction at Austin Recovery Fundraiser
“Friends” star announced as keynote speaker for Austin Recovery’s annual Speaker Series Luncheon on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Perry_CAASpeakers_photo (Smaller)Austin Recovery, the largest non-profit drug and alcohol treatment center in Texas, announced today that actor and “Friends” star Matthew Perry will be the keynote speaker at their annual speaker series luncheon on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. This year’s event is co-chaired by Austin Recovery Board members Val Armstrong and Mary G. Yancy, and will again take place at the state-of-the-art Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater venue. Proceeds from this year’s luncheon will benefit Austin Recovery, allowing the organization to continue providing substance abuse care for individuals and families regardless of ability to pay.

Since conquering his addictions to prescription drugs and alcohol, Matthew Perry has shared his struggles with the hope that they will promote the benefits of sobriety and recovery. Perry has traveled the country speaking about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and advocating changes to the national drug policy, while remaining committed to his acting career.

“Less than five percent of individuals with drug and alcohol problems in Texas actually seek help. That’s lower than the national average, and that needs to change,” said Mel Taylor, President and CEO of Austin Recovery, citing findings in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Behavioral Health Barometer: Texas, 2013 study. “It’s through folks like Matthew Perry coming to Texas and speaking out about these issues that we will inspire others to seek the help they need.”

Austin Recovery’s annual Speaker Series features an acclaimed artist, entertainer, or speaker sharing his or her story of recovery to help break the silence and stigma around addiction while raising essential funds for the organization. The first luncheon in the series took place in November 2011 and featured actor Rob Lowe as its special guest speaker. Last year’s program was headlined by Hall of Fame Running Back Earl Campbell.

Austin Recovery is now accepting corporate and organizational sponsorships and donations for the event, as well as sales of individual tables for the luncheon program. Visit or contact Kristin Schanck at for more information on participating in this fundraising event, including table purchase, sponsorship, or donation.


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