The situation drug addiction

The Situation Talks
Drug Addiction

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.