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It’s been two months since news broke that The Situation was headed to rehab for a prescription pain killer addiction. Now the Jersey Shore star is ready to come clean about what exactly put him in treatment. “Ever since I’ve been out, I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy,” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino admits to MTV in a series of interviews. “I’m at a good place, but it took a little bit to get there. In the beginning, there were a lot of rainy days.” The Sitch says he started taking meds to deal with his grueling schedule, though denies abusing alcohol or any other drug, despite what those sweaty Karma nights would make you believe. “Obviously, people have seen me with a drink in my hand, but I was never drunk. I’m a ladies man,” Mike laughs. “You can’t get girls if you can’t speak to them!” Well, if anyone can, it’s him. But point taken!
It wasn’t until Mike struggled to pull himself together for an event in Australia that those in his camp realized that Sorrentino needed professional help. Oh, and there was one other red flag. “Once I stopped going to the gym, the family started immediately noticing,” the Sitch admits. As for rehab itself, the process of getting off drugs sounds like a punishing one. “Your health, your mind, your body, it’s not coming back as quick as you like,” Mike says about detoxing. “Your emotions come back like a ton of bricks…it feels like you’re not going to recover. It feels like an impossible deed.”
And while the Situation was being portrayed as the show house’s resident trouble starter, Mike seems to be done with stirring up drama. “At the time, I didn’t mind. I didn’t mine,” he says. “I figured somebody has to be the villain.” Now that Sorrentino is on the road to recovery, he’s become reflective about his relationship with Snooki, which by last season had basically broken down into a lot of screaming and hurled wine bottles. “We were close for a long time,” Mike sighs. “I’m upset we’re not as close as we used to be.” As for any regrets about his actions, Sorrentino admits, “If I could turn back the clock…definitely hurting her feelings and our friendship, because she meant a lot to me.” You can check out the rest of the interviews here, but it looks like next season’s drama is going to have to be primarily pregnancy-related. Laughs Mike, “I’m happy with where I’m at.” Deena, do you think you can dial up the crazy this summer? Oh, what are we saying? Of course she can!