Shortly after the conclusion of Jersey Shore's fifth season, it was announced that star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was checking into rehab for a painkiller addiction. Sorrentino, 29, expressed publicly that he was aware of his drug problem and wished to get it under control. Less than two weeks later, the reality television fixture was out of rehab, reportedly having reached his goal of overcoming the addiction. A month and a half later, The Situation opens up to MTV about his struggles in and after rehab, and the relationships that his choices have affected — focusing especially on his friendship with Snooki.
The Situation explains that although he is presently "at a good place," that there were "a lot of rainy days, so to speak" on his journey toward sobriety. The addiction began as a means to combat Sorrentino's exhaustion. He states, "I thought it might have given me energy. I thought it helped me. Because it’s a painkiller. You’re not tired anymore. Then, after a while, you’re like, ‘Oh, wow, maybe this is going to help my schedule out.'"
While the abuse of a single drug often opens the door to other substances, the Situation affirms that his problem was "strictly painkillers," and that "even on Jersey Shore, [he] was never drunk," citing the fact that, "you can’t get girls if you can’t speak to them."
Naturally, the Situation's experiences affected his family and friends, but the reality star affirms that his Jersey Shore cast mates have shown him a great deal of support. "Those guys, I love. I’m going to be connected with those kids for the rest of my life ... At the end of the day, all the kids care for each other." But of course, his relationship with Snooki is a bit more complicated. "We used to be very close ... She had my back, and I had her back, too. We were close for a long time. We hooked up in Season 1. I am upset that we are not as close ... today. I will say that I care about the girl, for sure."
It's a long road to recovery, and Sorrentino appears to be dedicated to reaching his goal. Although there will be hardships along the way — the potential of relapse and lost relationships — he appears to a have a good attitude about putting drug abuse behind him.
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