Jersey Shore: 'The Situation' Congratulates Ronnie on Recovery

By David Konow 09/11/19

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino congratulated co-star Ronnie on staying with his recovery on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

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The Situation is in recovery himself. ID 15805951 © Electrochris |

Jersey Shore became a big hit on MTV, and now that it’s returned as Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is congratulating Ronnie Ortiz-Magro on his sobriety.

Sorrentino had to make the call from prison, where he’s currently serving an eight-month sentence for tax evasion. The scene was captured for Family Vacation, when Sorrentino’s wife Lauren shows up at Ronnie’s Vegas home to help celebrate the one-year birthday of his daughter.

One Day at a Time

Ronnie’s wife Jen explains that “everything’s good” in her relationship with Ronnie. “Everything is super chill now” that he went to rehab. Jen then told Lauren, “You went through kind of what I’m going through. It’s just good because [Ronnie is] very calm now. It’s completely changed him. And it’s changing me, because I’m not on edge. Everything has just been really good.”

“Listen, it’s hard on him and it’s hard on you,” Lauren replied, “because it’s a new world. When you first start recovery, you’re like a newborn. Sometimes the relationship has to take a back-burner.”

Once 'The Situation' speaks to Ronnie on the phone, he congratulates him for getting sober. “I heard that you have a sponsor, you’re doing meetings, and you’re working day at a time at the program, so I’m very proud of you. It works if you work it, buddy.”

“It’s been good so far,” Ronnie replied. “One day at a time.”

Life After Rehab

Early this year, Ortiz-Magro revealed that he entered rehab because he was suffering from depression and alcoholism. “I decided to go to treatment because I wanted to be a better person, a better father for my daughter,” he explained. “Eventually, all the bad decisions I was making were going to lead me to places I didn’t want to be. I wanted to be led to the place that I am now – that’s happy, healthy, and the best role model for my daughter.”

The Situation himself hit his three-year sobriety mark on December 22 last year. Sorrentino had struggled with painkiller addiction, and he went to rehab in 2012 and 2015. “Being sober really taught me how to just be at peace,” he said. “I live my life today at peace…I mean, everything in my life has changed. I really feel awesome today.”

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