'The Hills' Star Jason Wahler Posts Old Mugshot To Celebrate Sobriety

By Keri Blakinger 03/27/17

The former reality star now runs an aftercare facility in Laguna Beach, California.

Jason Wahler
Jason Wahler Photo via YouTube

MTV star Jason Wahler took to social media to celebrate his sobriety last week with a brutally honest look at his life before he cleaned up. 

The former star of The Hills posted a three-photo Instagram collage showing his mugshot, a current picture, and the phrase, “You will never know how good it all is until you get sober.” 

The 30-year-old celeb kept the caption simple: “Before and After!”

The post garnered more than 3,000 likes and a slew of supportive comments. 

“Sharing your struggle is so important and it really helps those of us new to sobriety,” wrote one social media user. “You’re making a big difference, normalizing being sober.” 

Last year, the former reality star spoke frankly with Entertainment Tonight about his struggles with addiction. 

"I was supposed to go to school and college for baseball, down that path, and the phenomenon of the show came up," he said. But there were pros and cons to that success. 

“There was a lot of things that came overnight that were very, very glamorous, I guess you can call it — and that's when that downward spiral happened for me. It ignited my addiction and things started to domino effect right before our own eyes, and before you knew it, it got out of control and I couldn't handle it."

He struggled primarily with alcohol and cocaine as he blew through a slew of rehabs and stacked up multiple arrests. 

“I became a totally different person active in my addiction versus when I’m sober and living life in recovery. It’s a totally different mentality and thought process — the way my brain operates, it’s completely different,” he said. 

In the end, it was a suicide attempt that pushed him to change.

"My addiction drove me to suicide," he said. "Not contemplation — actually attempting suicide — and somebody found me and that's why I'm still here today. I'm very grateful for that."

Although his high-profile relationship with fellow reality star Lauren Conrad ended in Splitsville, he met his current wife when he was just 11 months sober. He’s been sober since 2010 and now runs an aftercare facility in Laguna Beach, California.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.