Yesterday we learned the sad but, unfortunately, unsurprising news that Jersey Shore star Mike The Situation Sorrentino quietly admitted himself into rehab to seek treatment for an addiction to prescription medication. Despite denials by Sorrentino‘s press rep, more information came out as the day progressed about his stint in rehab. Today we are hearing from The Situation himself in a new official statement where he admits his drug addiction and confirms that, yes, he went to rehab. Click below to read what Mike has to say about his problem.
“I want to set the record straight. I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem I had due to exhaustion. I have spent the past several weeks getting treatment for this problem and recuperating from my work and appearance schedule. I appreciate my fans support and love you guys.”
BUT, new reports out today claim that Mike isn’t merely dealing with a prescription drug problem but he is also suffering from alcohol addiction, which could mean big problems for MTV … which, as you are all aware, glamorizes alcohol abuse on their programming … most particularly, Jersey Shore:
The Situation is in rehab not just for prescription drugs, but also for alcohol, TMZ has learned, and this turn of events could pose big problems for next season’s “Jersey Shore.” Sources involved in the situation (sorry) tell us … the Situation went through detox at a facility before he checked into Cirque Lodge in Utah, and the detox involved alcohol. Our sources also say The Sitch is “very open” with other patients at Cirque about his drinking. He discusses how his club appearances escalated his alcohol use. Now here’s the problem for “Jersey Shore.” The Situation and alcohol have been tied at the hip for 5 seasons. If the show allows The Situation to fall off the wagon to make the show better in season 6, they will look like crass enablers. If they don’t let him drink, there’s a good chance they will lose viewers.
Honestly, this is not only unsurprising but it’s terribly upsetting. MTV has made a fortune by airing programming where people binge drink to excess on some shows and then glamorize teen pregnancy in other shows. Here we have a castmember of Jersey Shore dealing with drug and alcohol problems after he became famous on TV for living a “party” lifestyle. Take a show like Teen Mom … because of it’s success, we now have impressionable young girls attempting to get pregnant just so they can get on the show … and become famous. I’ve long stopped watching MTV programming because many of their shows are based on highlighting and sensationalizing irresponsible and dangerous behavior (aimed MOSTLY at impressionable teenagers and 20-year olds). Yes, Mike Sorrentino is responsible for his own behavior … but, IMHO, so too is MTV for enabling his dangerous behavior.