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John Stamos Recalls the Dark Moment He Knew He Had to ‘Straighten Up’ Despite Alcohol Addiction

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The author of ‘If You Would Have Told Me’, out Oct. 24, exclusively tells PEOPLE: “I had to sober up. I was just drinking too much

There have been numerous highs and lows throughout John Stamos’ protracted battle with alcoholism. However, there was a certain point in his journey that inspired him to truly start cleaning up – and keep it up.

In his debut memoir, If You Would Have Told Me, out Oct. 24, the Full House alum details the many low points of his alcohol addiction — and how sobriety has shaped him in the long run.

I needed to get sober. Stamos, 60, exclusively tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, “I was just drinking too much. “I simply sank low. I didn’t get wasted. Simply put, I surrounded myself with undesirable company.

After receiving national attention for his DUI in 2015, Stamos’ addiction reached a breaking point. “After getting that DUI, I thought, ‘I can’t do this. He recalls hearing, “I’ve got to straighten up. “That’s when I was confusing the universe because I’m not a bad person, but I was doing crappy things.”

I had a lot waiting for me, and I feel bad because a lot of people don’t, because they burned their lives down,” he continues. “I was fortunate to have my sisters, but I also had Fuller House. I returned home, and I believe we premiered Fuller House a week

The former General Hospital alum now thanks his wife Caitlin McHugh Stamos and their 5-year-old son Billy for keeping him on this path of positivity and recovery. “They have maintained me on this route since everyone attempts to follow the path of sobriety and self-care. Everyone practises it. For a while, you could move along. “After that, it’s like, ‘I can’t drink again,'” he claims. “So it’s staying on the path is what they mostly do for me.”

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