Dean McDermott took pills in the hope he “wouldn’t wake up” after his split from Tori Spelling.
The 57-year-old actor took to Instagram in June to announce the end of his 18-year marriage, and Dean has now revealed that he took sleeping pills as a cry for help.
Dean told DailyMail.com: “I was literally at the end. That night I was drinking and I was on my pills.
“After I sent the mail, I took some more pills and I took six or seven Ambien hoping I wouldn’t wake up.
“Thank God I did. Thank God I did. Because I would have ruined so many lives if I had died.”
Dean believes he inherited some bad habits from his father.
He explained: “My father was an alcoholic and he had anger and rage issues. And that came from his parents. His father was an alcoholic and rages.
“There is a pattern here and there is a progression from generation to generation.”
Meanwhile, Dean recently revealed that he is determined to right his past mistakes.
The actor – who married Tori in 2006 – admitted his struggles with alcohol and drugs destroyed their relationship.
Dean – who has Liam, 16, Stella, 15, Hattie, 12, Finn, 11, and six-year-old Beau with the actress – told DailyMail.com: “All Tori has ever done to this day is make me happy .and healthy and I caused that woman a lot of damage and pain.
“I take responsibility for it today. And it’s the biggest change I’ll ever have to make…
“It’s going to live the rest of my life and make it up, because I took something that was really beautiful and I just tore it down year after year, day after day.”