John Stamos Says He 'Never Could Have Been a Father' Before Getting Sober

John Stamos and his wife, Caitlin McHugh, welcomed son Billy in April 2018

John Stamos is loving being a dad to 3-year-old son Billy, and shared in a recent interview that his sobriety helped him get to a place where he was ready for fatherhood.

"I know who I am certainly by 57 now," Stamos said on Wednesday's episode of E! News' Daily Pop.

"It's been close to six years in June that I sobered up," the proud father continued. "I never could have been a father during some of the more — some of it was really fun and some of it got to be very unhealthy."

Stamos was charged with a DUI in June 2015, and checked himself into rehab for a 30-day substance abuse program afterward. The actor married Caitlin McHugh in February 2018, and the couple welcomed Billy that April.

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"Being a parent is about sacrifice. You don't get rewarded for it," Stamos said Wednesday. "You don't get a trophy or a ring, but what you do get is, you get a child who is more loving, more kind and a smarter version of you, and I think that's really special."

Stamos recently gushed about a sweet moment with Billy, when the toddler joined him onstage during a performance with the Beach Boys in San Diego.

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John Stamos, son Billy. John Stamos/Instagram

"I had this beautiful moment last week at Petco's stadium, where he sat on my lap during 'God Only Knows' and it was like a moment that I never thought I would ever have," Stamos told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. "You know, it was nice."

The Fuller House star previously told PEOPLE that fatherhood is "better than I imagined. I wanted kids my whole life. And I'm just so grateful."

Stamos appears to have passed the acting bug down to the next generation. "We've been watching [comedian] Bill Irwin to learn how to pantomime and tip hats," he told PEOPLE in April.

"Everything's a bit to him," he added of Billy. "He's the most charming kid!"

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