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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.
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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.