Jason Wahler: Sober, Sexy & Humbled by Recovery
As a "bad boy" on The Hills, Jason Wahler got a reputation for breaking hearts and starting fights. His behavior also landed him in trouble with the law and saw him through several trips to rehab.
Although some counted him out, Jason has turned his life around to become sober. Congrats, Jason! Sober is definitely sexy.
Celebuzz talked to the reality star about getting in shape, what made him decide to get sober and how he's helping others to overcome their addiction issues.
Was there a defining moment when you decided to get sober? All in all, there were two major key points in this. One was my family. I definitely did it for myself but my family was a big part. I was also sick and tired of being sick and tired. I just finally had a breaking point where I knew that was it and I was done.
Was there a particular moment where you said, 'okay this is it'? [I was in a therapy session with] my parents and they basically looked at me and were like, it's come to the point where you're literally getting between our marriage. There was a sense they were laying in bed, waiting for a phone call that I was either arrested or dead. When I heard that I was like, if I'm not gunna do it for myself , I'm doing it for them. If it weren’t for my parents or family, I don’t think I would have initiated it.
How did you get sober? I was willing to do anything to stay clean, and I had a really good sponsor. I surrendered and said whatever it takes, I'm willing to do it. Surrendering is what it was, throwing my hands up. God played a big part in it too.
How did all this play into getting in shape? I grew up in Laguna being active -- playing baseball , surfing, skating, snowboarding -- anything that had to do with a board or any kind of athletic venture, I would always want to be involved. When I was drinking heavily, I was bloated and always lethargic. I wasn’t myself. I grew up right and was raised right, but I took life for granted. I think a big part of my recovery has to do with being active and being healthy. Overall, it's just doing things I used to enjoy doing before I was ever introduced to drugs or alcohol. I definitely try to advocate to [the group I'm working with]; health is a big part of recovery.
What group of guys are you working it? I work at National Therapeutic Services. It’s a rehab and I do client advocacy kind of stuff. Basically, I introduce the new guys in detox and be the first person they see -- the guy they can kind of come to for anything. After they get out of detox, I take them down to the facility to get them acclimated and acquainted with the other patients or the case managers or therapists. I've been there, so I definitely know [what they need].
So now you're taking a leadership role in recovery too? It gives them motivation, like 'he was a train wreck, but if he can do it...'It's a big part of being at service and seeing these guys that come in and actually transform their lives before my eyes. It’s pretty unbelievable.
Would you have tips for anyone that is struggling, especially in the public eye? I think a big part of it is to remove yourself from the element that’s causing you to do all that stuff. I had to change my people, place and things. I had to set my boundaries and reset my foundation. I had to surround myself with the right people. You have to be willing and able to take guidance and surrender ... it's letting go of everything. You have to humble yourself or you're screwed.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about you? I think just who I truly am, to be honest. People kind of judge by how the shows are edited and portrayed you. I wouldn't change anything, but I would definitely say they definitely changed who I really am.
What would you say some of the best advice you’ve ever gotten in recovery? A milestone is better then a tombstone. I really like that actually.