"The Situation" Opens Up on Rehab Stint

By Valerie Tejeda 05/23/12

The Jersey Shore star says he's now "in a good place" after struggling with a painkiller addiction.

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Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has opened up for the first time about his stint in rehab and his new-found sobriety. The 29-year-old tells MTV News, "Ever since I've been out, I'm not gonna lie...it's not easy. But at the same time, where I'm at right now, I'm at a good place. But it took a little bit to get there." Back in March, the reality TV star checked himself into rehab at Cirque Lodge in Utah. "In the beginning, for sure, when I was [at the facility] in Utah, I'd wake up and just be extremely disappointed with myself," he says. "Like, 'I can't believe I got here. How did I get here?'" Though Sorrentino has partied hard on many episodes of Jersey Shore, he insists he was addicted only to painkillers—not to alcohol, cocaine, or marijuana. He also states that he never mixed alcohol with painkillers. "You hear stories all the time, you know, of celebrities and people just not even waking up," he says. "That could have been me." The Situation considers himself lucky that his addiction didn’t spiral totally out of control, and admits to feeling many different emotions while in treatment; "I'm not gonna lie, it feels like you're not gonna recover," he says of his early days of sobriety. "It feels like an impossible deed...day-by-day it gets better."

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.

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