John Stamos opens up about his drunk driving arrest and why rehab was 'the hardest thing ever'

John Stamos looks back on his battle with alcoholism and his arrest for drinking and driving.
While the Full House star, 59, has found peace in the present as a husband and father, things haven't always been so stable for the actor and musician. In a new interview, Stamos says his drinking became so annoying that he became passively suicidal and didn't care about what was happening to him.
"For the longest time, when I wasn't sober, when I was blurry, I was like, 'I've done everything.' I didn't want to kill myself, but I didn't care if I died," the "Big Shot" star told CBS Sunday morning. "I said, 'I've done everything. If I die tomorrow, it's okay.' What was I thinking? I hadn't done it all; I still hadn't done it all, not even close."
Despite knowing how concerned his friends and family were for his well-being, Stamos continued to drink. A 2015 arrest for drunk driving helped bring him back to reality.
"You know, that fateful night, when I got into my car, I thought I could drive, and I couldn't. I only have flashes in my head as I drove in circles. And people pulled up near me and rolled down the window, 'Uncle Jesse, pull over!' And I went into rehab and it was the hardest thing ever," he shared.
John Stamos opened up about rehab and loss in a new interview. (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake)
Stamos admitted he had "Peter Pan Syndrome," which he described as "dangerous." Growing up was never his priority, and the youthfulness of his looks only stunted his maturity.
"I grew up screaming and kicking," he said. "And when the whole world says, 'You look like 20,' I didn't have any of those tent poles that say you're grown up, did I? I just slipped through."
After sobering up, Stamos turned things around. He has been married to second wife Caitlin McHugh since 2018 and is now the father of son Billy. Today he has a completely different perspective. He lives for the moment, but also looks to the future. He also says he's hoping for "more kids."
"But I'm not looking too far ahead. I'm just thinking about now," he said. "Because in a moment someone might, you know, be gone, right?"
Stamos knows this understanding of loss all too well. In the interview, he also reflected on the loss of his dear friend, comedian and Full House star Bob Saget, who died in January at the age of 65.
"I don't know what else to say about that other than of the biggest influences in my life has been Bob. I wouldn't be who I am without Bob," explained Stamos, who co-starred with Saget in both Full House and Fuller House. “My parents, that is clear now. But he, you know, he was there for everything, everything good, everything bad. he was my brother you know He's the brother I always wanted.”
Stamos also showed off an important memento of Saget that he received from the comedian's widow, Kelly Rizzo: his guitar.
"You can only play dirty songs here," he joked.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
John Stamos
American actor and musician

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