The Situation Talks Drug Addiction

Mike Sorrentino opens up about his struggle with drugs.

Mike Sorrentino opens up about his struggle with drugs.

Photographed for In Touch By Sioux Nesi

Can you imagine a Jersey Shore without Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino? After a tumultuous year and a very public battle with painkiller addiction, the reality star opens up to In Touch about a time he can remember thinking, “Am I going to be that guy that was so awesome on the Jersey Shore and then . . . that’s it?”

The Situation even admits he suffered from withdrawal symptoms so severe he almost turned down a $40,000 appearance in Australia simply because he couldn’t get out of bed. “I didn’t even care!” he tells In Touch. “When you’re dependent on a substance, it’s the only thing that matters.”

The incident was enough to convince him of what his family had been saying for a while: He needed to go to rehab. “On the plane home, they said, ‘Mike, you’ve got to handle this now,’" he says. “I knew that they were right, that if I didn’t fix the problem there’d be no Situation."

For more on The Situation's battle with drugs - including details of his pill addiction, his "horrible" time in detox and why he finally decided to get sober - pick up this week's issue of In Touch, on stands now.

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