Charlie Sheen tells Jay Leno he’s been sober for 18 months: ‘I knew I had to make a change’

He decided to make a drastic change in his life some 18 months ago after very publicized alcohol and drug fueled binges.

After a years-long battle with addiction, Charlie Sheen became sober in December 2017. 

Now, in a People sneak peek at Wednesday’s episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the Two And A Half Men actor opened up to the former late-night host about his sobriety and what pushed him to pursue it.

Car talk: Charlie Sheen opened up about his nearly two years of sobriety in a sneak peak at Wednesday's episode of  his old friend's Jay Leno's Garage

Car talk: Charlie Sheen opened up about his nearly two years of sobriety in a sneak peak at Wednesday’s episode of  his old friend’s Jay Leno’s Garage  

‘Well, this is the new Charlie Sheen we’re seeing,’ said Jay. 69, who’s known the star for almost 40 years. ‘You look good!’

Charlie, 54, explained that ‘about a year-and-a-half ago, it just hit me that I knew it was time to make a change,’ and confirmed that he hasn’t had a drink since. ‘And, you know, it didn’t require some crazy rehab stint or a shootout with the cops,’ said Charlie.

At the end of January, he told People he had ‘been sober almost 14 months,’ citing his sobriety as ‘the biggest change for me.’

‘I really focus on my health, my family and work will come next. I’m excited to be excited again,’ said the father of five.

Here's how it happened: 'it just hit me that I knew it was time to make a change,' the actor, 54, explained to Jay and he confirmed that he hadn¿t had a drink since

Here’s how it happened: ‘it just hit me that I knew it was time to make a change,’ the actor, 54, explained to Jay and he confirmed that he hadn’t had a drink since

He shares daughters Sam, 15, and Lola, 14, with ex Denise Richards; twin sons Max and Bob, 10, with ex Brooke Mueller; and 34-year-old daughter, Cassandra Jade Estevez, with his high school girlfriend Paula Speert.

Charlie said his sobriety hadn’t been a struggle and he was ready for his life to change. ‘I came to it on my own,’ he shared. ‘It was just one of those epiphany moments.

‘All I have to do is flash on four or five scenarios that live on the forefront of my memory and just remind myself this is what happened,’ he explained.

Enjoying a laugh: 'Well, this is the new Charlie Sheen we¿re seeing,' said Jay. 69, who¿s known the star for almost 40 years. 'You look good!'

Enjoying a laugh: ‘Well, this is the new Charlie Sheen we’re seeing,’ said Jay. 69, who’s known the star for almost 40 years. ‘You look good!’

Riding shotgun: Talking about his sobriety, Charie said, 'You know, it didn¿t require some crazy rehab stint or a shootout with the cops'

Riding shotgun: Talking about his sobriety, Charie said, ‘You know, it didn’t require some crazy rehab stint or a shootout with the cops’

‘I don’t put myself in positions where dangerous things could happen. I just have a confidence and a focus, and a game plan and I stick to it.’

The actor also revealed he had told his kids that if there’s anything ‘dangerous or unhealthy’ they want to talk about, then he has ‘all the knowledge.’

‘I don’t come at them with judgment or anything but love,’ he said. ‘My experiences can prevent them from going down a similar road and so the whole journey wasn’t a complete waste of time. I have all the data.’

The new episode of Jay Leno’s Garage airs Wednesday on CNBC.

Keeping safe: 'I don¿t put myself in positions where dangerous things could happen,' Charlie told Jay. ' I just have a confidence and a focus, and a game plan and I stick to it'

Keeping safe: ‘I don’t put myself in positions where dangerous things could happen,’ Charlie told Jay. ‘ I just have a confidence and a focus, and a game plan and I stick to it’

Gull wing beauty:  The two men stood next to one of Jay's extensive collection of classic cars

Gull wing beauty:  The two men stood next to one of Jay’s extensive collection of classic cars