Matthew Perry has been honoured at the White House for his support of America's 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 U.S. government's DrugCourt campaign, which incorporates a system of judges across America who specialise in addiction and help first-time offenders with substance issues to enter rehab rather than sentencing them to jail.

On Monday (06May13), 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."