Jason Wahler, star of MTV’s reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, was a hard-partying bad boy while dating fellow cast member Lauren Conrad, but his issues were far more serious than anyone realized.
“I tried taking my life multiple times,” Jason, 26, now a recovering alcoholic, reveals in the new issue of In Touch, on stands now. “About four years ago, I took more than 10 Antabuse [disulfiram pills, which can reduce the desire to drink] and was rushed to the hospital. It should’ve killed me.” After six alcohol-related arrests, Jason finally cleaned up his act in 2010 on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab.
Now three years sober and planning his wedding with his fiancée, model Ashley Slack, 24, he’s hopeful again. “I feel like I was put in the limelight so I could tell the story of how deadly addiction can be,” says Jason, who’s now a substance abuse counselor in Laguna Beach, Calif. “I help people going through treatment — it’s amazing. I love my life again.”
For more, pick up this week’s issue of In Touch, on newsstands now.