"The Situation" Marks Sober Milestone By Sharing NA Medallion Pic

By Victoria Kim 05/09/18

The reality TV star took to Instagram to share the news with his fans. 

Mike Sorrentino
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Mike Sorrentino, aka "The Situation," is keeping with his dedication to being a good recovery role model.

The Jersey Shore Family Vacation star shared a photo of his two-year Narcotics Anonymous medallion on Instagram. “28 months clean and sober. Here is MY 2 year medallion. We do recover,” he said in the caption.

Sorrentino spent time in rehab in 2012 to address his prescription drug use. He went on Facebook at the time to “set the record straight,” explaining that he had “voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem I had due to exhaustion.”

Then, in 2015, he suffered a relapse and was back in treatment. He had been prescribed painkillers for a cracked rib. He said it was all downhill from there. “From there it was just a spiral,” he said at the time. “Your emotions are blocked. So you really ruin relationships with everyone in your life.”

The reality show veteran has admitted that his drug problem did affect his behavior on The Jersey Shore.

“When I watch certain seasons—I think mostly the Italy season—it’s hard for me to watch that one because I was coming at everyone and for no reason apparent,” he said to E! News. “And it’s because—and a lot of people didn’t know—in that particular season I was really heavily using.”

He continued, “I didn’t know how to control my emotions like I do today. I was not running a program. I was actually trying to get clean that year. It didn’t really work, but I was trying that year. I was just agitated all the time, trying to start fights all the time. I didn’t know what was going on.”

But sobriety, which The Situation calls “one of my finest accomplishments,” had a calming effect. “[Being sober] really taught me how to be at peace. It taught me to be more accepting,” he said. “I live my life today at peace. I try not to have any arguments. I mean, everything in my life has changed. I don’t speed. I don’t get into fights. I don’t get into arguments. I really feel awesome today.”

Despite a looming jail sentence for tax evasion, Sorrentino is eager to flaunt the “new and improved Situation” as he’s reunited with the cast on Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

He explained how he was able to stay away from drinking while filming the show. “This time I’m coming from a grateful standpoint, a blessed standpoint. Stay in your lane and run your own race,” he said. 

“They could be drinking, they could be having fun, but that’s not my race. Because if I look over to the person next to me, guess what? I’m going to trip over my own feet and you’re going to win the race and the Situation is not going to let that happen.”

So much for running your own race.

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