Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is opening up about his battle with prescription drug addiction.
In a new interview with The Associated Press, the former “Jersey Shore” star said he realized he had a problem in February 2012, after he ran out of a prescription to treat an injury he suffered while competing on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010.
“All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn't do that,” he said. “The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn’t even get out of bed. [Then I thought], If I can’t do that, how am I going to continue?”
Sorrentino and his “Shore” castmates skyrocketed to fame after the MTV show became a hit in 2009. It’s now off the air.
The 32-year-old did a stint in a rehab facility, and also deals with his addiction by taking a medication to treat opioid addiction. (He is also a paid spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc., which makes the drug.)
Now, the former party boy thinks about his life on a day-to-day basis and tries to be “the best person I can be for those 24 hours,” he told the AP, adding: “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.”