Jason Wahler Reflects on Making Amends to Lauren Conrad in Recovery: "It's Freeing"

By David Konow 09/10/19

Jason Wahler reconciled with his ex-girlfriend and former The Hills co-star Lauren Conrad as part of his recovery.

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Jason Wahler, along with his girlfriend Lauren Conrad, became reality TV stars on Laguna Beach and then The Hills. Wahler also had a major downward spiral from drinking and drugs, but he finally turned himself around and even opened up his own sober living home.

As Wahler explained on the E! show Just the Sip, he used to be a “sad lost individual” who “got to a really, really dark place.” In fact, he even tried to take his own life. “The depths of my addiction took me to not contemplation, but attempting suicide.” 

From The Hills to Recovery

Wahler felt his downfall began about ten years ago when The Hills first hit MTV. “I’m not proud of it, but 10 to 12 years ago I was the drunk, womanizing alcoholic,” he says. “I was very lost. After we shot Laguna Beach going into season one of The Hills is when my addiction took full force. Drugs and alcohol were my solution.”

Wahler got sober after hitting bottom, and he did the standard 12-step process of making amends to people you hurt in your addiction. He of course reached out to former girlfriend Lauren Conrad, and back in 2011 he confessed, “There’s stuff that happened in the past with my drunken ways that I need to address.”

Now he says, “Part of the process of recovery and living your life sober is making amends and I made amends to Lauren. It’s freeing. When you can take ownership of your actions and let people know you truly want to make things right and you apologize and you take the actions to fix what you did, it feels good.”

In the past, Wahler said that Conrad was “a big part of my life,” and that “she’s an incredible person and so supportive of anything I do to stay clean.”

Wahler added that he’s “definitely transformed. I’m happy to be able to say that. I’m content in my own skin. I can sit here and look you in the eye and I’m comfortable, I’m confident, I’m happy. I have a great group of people around me.”

Celebrity Rehab

After starring on The Hills, Wahler did a stint on Celebrity Rehab, and he told The Fix, “I think Dr. Drew kind of nailed it on the head. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but I’ve been to a lot of rehabs and seen a lot of doctors, and he’s definitely up there with the best. He said that being young, and being on the TV and limelight and stuff kind of ignited [my alcohol use disorder]. It’s going to come up at some point if you have it, but this lifestyle kind of set fire to it and made it come up a hundred times faster.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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