We briefly witnessed Mike Sorrentino's addiction problems during the final season of "Jersey Shore", but now "The Situation" is opening up about his battle with drugs and alcohol and is speaking out for the first time.
Sorrentino blames the television show "Dancing with the Stars" for his ongoing addiction problems. He sustained an injury while performing on the show, which he claims led to the abuse of the drugs that he was prescribed for the pain. Sorrentino says that he realized his addiction during a trip to Australia in 2012 when he ran out of the prescription he was taken for the injury and couldn't physically or mentally function.
"All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn't do that," Sorrentino said on Monday during an interview with The Associated Press. "The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn't even get out of bed," he said. Then he thought, "If I can't do that how am I going to continue?"
The realization that he was battling an addiction opted him to check into rehab where doctors treated him for opioid addiction. He says that he still takes that medication, and along with counseling he is making progress and getting better.
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Upon completing his stay in rehab, Sorrentino still had one more season to film of the popular reality television show "Jersey Shore". For those who have never seen the show, it is full of drunken nights and endless partying. Sorrentino was nervous about going back to the shore house. "A little part of me was like, 'How am I gonna get through this?' but if you watched I didn't have one drink."
Sorrentino is now working as a spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc. This pharmaceutical company makes the medication he's taking for the opioid addiction . "The roller coaster of fame and fortune is definitely a ride in itself but to get to recovery is something special. ...There is hope out there and you can get help."
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