Former Hills star Jason Wahler says he felt incredible "shame" when he made headlines again last weekend for his sixth alcohol-related arrest in recent years. A week prior, online video footage also surfaced of Wahler, 23, being cuffed by Mexican police in Cabo San Lucas March 11 after he allegedly got into a club brawl.
"I am very, very ashamed of everything," he tells UsMagazine.com. "I am very sorry for everything that's happened."
So what went wrong for Wahler, who claimed in 2007 that he had cleaned up his act and even did a stint with inpatient rehab?
About six months ago, he tells Us he moved back to Orange County from L.A. and enrolled in the University of Phoenix in Fountain Valley, Calif., hoping to earn a business degree.
He even began going to AA up to five times a week. "I had a sponsor and stuff," says Wahler. "You know, the whole thing."
While traveling to L.A. "doing the whole movie stuff," he says he "got distracted" and "started falling out of the program ... I lost contact with my sponsor."
He slowly began drinking again. "It was one drink or a few," he says. "It wasn’t a binge or anything."
On March 19, he was taken into custody at 10:54 p.m. for DUI while driving a 2008 Chevy Tahoe. He likely will face jail time.
He declined to talk about the incident, but he tells Us, "I think everything happens for a reason. God did that to me, so maybe I would be at [rock] bottom and want to climb my way to the top."
With the help of his new girlfriend and friends and family, he returned to AA this past Wednesday.
"It's all about getting back on track," Wahler tells Us. "My girlfriend, my parents, my brothers, my sisters and a handful of my best friends are willing to do everything to keep me out of trouble.
"I never want to drink again," he adds.
He says he'll also avoid L.A. "unless it’s crucial for work. If I do go, I will go with my father or somebody who is a sober support. But I definitely won't be going out!
"If I don’t stay sober," he tells Us, "I am not going to have a life."