David Arquette: Dancing Helped Me ‘Find Joy in My Life’

Kym Johnson and David Arquette say goodbye on Dancing with the Stars

updated 11/02/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 11/02/2011 AT 11:45 AM ET

Before his seven-week run on Dancing with the Stars, David Arquette faced a rough patch that had him making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

But being on ABC’s hit show has helped the actor, 40, change his image and put tough times – which included a trip to rehab, a car accident and a separation from wife Courteney Cox – behind him.

“I learned a lot about myself on this show,” the Scream star told PEOPLE backstage after he and partner Kym Johnson were eliminated from the series on Tuesday night. “I learned a lot about self-appreciation and finding joy in my life and doing things that are positive for me. Kym and I had the best time. We had a lot of fun.”


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