David Arquette Opens Up About How a Near-Death Experience Changed His Life: ‘I Had to Stop Being Self-Destructive’

David Arquette still bears some scars from his stint in the professional wrestling world — including one from the brutal fight that nearly cost him his life two years ago.

"I thought I was dying," the actor, 48, who was accidentally stabbed in the neck with a cylindrical light bulb during a so-called "death match" with Nick Gage, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I got out of the ring and I was totally lost. I couldn't see and I couldn't hear."

Arquette, whose terrifying ordeal is featured in the new documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette (available online and On Demand Aug. 28), was rushed to the hospital where he received stitches and surgery. Once he recovered, the brush with death proved to be a wake-up call, and he was able to finally come to terms with a past that had haunted him for so long.

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Now, Arquette says, "I'm not worried about the future. I'm trying to live in the moment."

Adds the actor: "I'm not invincible and there have been times in my life where I didn't want to go on. But I'm proud of my kids, I'm proud of my wife, and I'm proud of my family. And when you start to like yourself, it's easier to feel at peace."

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