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Nicholas Brendon

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Nicholas Brendon is trying to stake out sobriety.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum has entered drug and alcohol treatment following a March run-in with Los Angeles police that left him on the business end of a Taser.

"When you wake up from your stupor and fog, it's a blessing to realize that did happen, that was bad, but you didn't kill anybody," he tells Radar Online in an interview from rehab. "I knew at that moment when I realized that I was arrested, I needed to go get help again."

Again?

The 38-year-old actor confirms that he was in treatment in 2005.

But apparently he fell off the wagon and was under the influence of sleeping pills and booze when he decided to go out looking for his MIA dog in his beachside neighborhood on March 17. One thing led to another and he wound up in an argument with a neighbor.

The cops were called and Brendon was, per the LAPD, not exactly cooperative. At least until the stun gun came out.

He was charged with two counts of battery against a police officer and one count of vandalism and released on $20,000 bail. His arraignment is pending.

Brendon, who currently works on CBS' Criminal Minds, is residing in a sober-living home. His publicist declined to comment to E! News, but Brendon says he's focused on making it work.

"I knew that I had to stop. I knew that I couldn't do it anymore," he tells Radar. "And there is a part of me that knows this is my last chance."

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