Earlier this week, Tyler Baltierra exclusively told RadarOnline.com that he attempted suicide at just 12 years old. But the reality star, 23, had another shocking brush with death at a young age.
Baltierra writes in Conquering Chaos, the new memoir he co-authored with fiancé Catelynn Lowell, that he overdosed on air duster after huffing at a friend's home.
In an exclusive interview with Radar, he admits he "could have died."
"Kids die all the time from air duster," says Baltierra, who recalls coming to on the floor with foam covering his mouth after suffering a seizure that night. "I know the risks are really high. I was really lucky."
The budding author insists he stopped huffing completely after the terrifying incident.
"I freaked out and said, 'I'll never do it again,'" he says. "That was enough for me!"
Though Baltierra's father, Butch, and Lowell's mother, April, have struggled with addiction throughout their lives, Lowell swears neither she nor her longtime love touch illegal substances these days.
"We're not tempted to use drugs at all," Lowell says. "We did all of that craziness when we were younger and learned from it. We're 23, so we'll go out and have a drink here and there, but we don't get trashed like we used to. We usually want to go to bed by 11 pm!"
The couple credits the 2009 birth of their daughter Carly, whom they placed with an adoptive family in an open arrangement, for turning their lives around.
"Being so young and having to make a grown up decision made me think about the world and it definitely changed our perspective," Lowell explains. "Now we have someone on this earth to live for and do great things for. We have to prove to her that we placed her for adoption for a reason, so we could better our lives."
"If Carly never happened, we would definitely be doing the same stuff. We didn't have any plans or any goals," Baltierra adds. "Carly changed our whole lives."
In addition to their reality TV careers, both stars are also motivational speakers and adoption advocates.
They welcomed their second daughter, Novalee Reign, on January 1.