In October, Stephanie Pratt was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after spending a night on the town celebrating sister-in-law Holly Montag's birthday in Hollywood. Now, nearly a month later, "The Hills" star calls the arrest a "blessing."
"It was the worst thing to happen to me and, at the same time, it was the biggest blessing," Pratt told People on Wednesday. "I learned to not fall apart, which is something that I usually do when something goes bad in my life. I learned that it is all about temptation and that I am being tested."
Pratt, who has been open about her battles with addiction and bulimia, said that despite messing up, it's also the first time she hasn't stayed on that destructive path. "This is the first time that I haven't screwed up more after a bad thing," Pratt explained. "And I didn't fall apart and say, 'I hate my life, I want to die!' It's the first time in 23 years that I went the other way."
In fact, Pratt is hoping to use the incident to get her life back on track. "Two weeks ago, I found a partner for a handbag line that I've dreamed about since the seventh grade," Pratt said. "And I'm closer to my parents, and I've never been happier in my life. I've had problems in my past, but I would just let them turn into snowballs that turned into avalanches. And this is the first time that I've ever done anything different."
In an interview with E! News, also on Wednesday, she said she had two glasses of champagne the night that she was pulled over, and she was too embarrassed to call anyone to help her out. "It was dumb and a blessing," she said. "It got my life together. It was a sucky lesson, but it was actually a huge blessing in disguise. I was there for, like, nine hours. I didn't want to tell anyone."
To avoid any trouble in the future, Pratt is vowing to stop drinking entirely. "I'm just going to abstain. The past month and a half has been so amazing," she added. "I'm doing the right things."