Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Admits His Addiction To Prescription Medication

"I have spent the past several weeks getting treatment ..."

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.

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  1. Anonymous

    From personal experience (2 members of my immediate family), it doesn’t matter what drug you’re getting treated for, once you are out of rehab you are supposed to live your life sober. It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking treatment for heroin, OxyContin, Ativan, etc. you should be avoiding all other potentially abused substances, including alcohol. People with addictive personalities can easily move on to the next thing.
    Regardless of what ‘The Situation’ is seeking treatment for it is probably best for him, IMHO, to step away from his former lifestyle in order to stay on the right track and be healthy.
    I’m no doctor or addict myself, but from what I have learned in my life, a living sober is the most ideal for successful recovery.

    Truly sad that MTV glorifies this type of behavior and doesn’t advise to their young audience much on prevention or how to seek help.

    Left name as anonymous due to the subject matter.

  2. Krissy

    “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”

    I completely agree with this. I think it says something about our society that we don’t to see people pretend to be going through the consequences of substance abuse, audiences want to see REAL people humiliate and endanger themselves. MTV should not have “binge drinking” as a requirement for being a cast member. This really started with some of the later years of The Real World, and it is just amplified in their newer shows.

  3. Jeff

    What does the doctor prescribe for exhaustion? All you need is sleep. I have a feeling this is a cover story.

    • @Jeff — “I have a feeling this is a cover story.” Um, you think? Exhaustion is the thing celebs have been saying for DECADES when they go to rehab. It’s total b.s.

  4. Gina

    Teen Mom does not glorify pregnancy in any way. The show has allowed many mothers and daughters to feel comfortable starting a dialogue about sex, one that they would not have felt comfortable doing before. I know this is true for myself and many of my girlfriends. Additionally, teen pregnancy has actually declined in recent years. So everyone should watch an actual episode of Teen Mom before they judge it based off of tabloids. It is definitely the best positive contribution MTV has made.

    • @Gina — I appreciate your opinion but I am not speaking from “tabloid” reporting of the show. I’ve seen enough Teem Mom and 16 & Pregnant to know what I’m talking about. When I say the shows “glamorize” teen pregnancy, I don’t mean that they make it look like fun. BUT, making celebrities out of the girls on the show does inspire other uneducated and naive girls to attempt to emulate what they see on TV. That’s just my opinion, tho.

    • Gina

      How do they make celebrities out of the girls on the show? MTV doesn’t give any of the girls their own talk show or let them host some fun tv specials. They are only featured on the reunion special and Teen Mom. That’s it.

    • ChristineLA

      Agreed, Trent. Teen Mom, and the exposure from it, allows these girls to then sell pictures and stories to tabloids, which further fuels their penchant for publicity and the limelight. All of the Teen Mom girls embark on a speaking tour at some point, and Teen Mom itself DOES glamorize motherhood.

      I have never seen a more affable bunch of babies and toddlers as what are shown on both shows. There will be one requisite scene with a baby crying in the middle of the night on 16 and Pregnant, and from then on out there will be scenes of babies and toddlers happily sitting in restaurants and coffee shops while their parents idiotically blather on about something.

      Car scenes show babies and toddlers strapped into car seats completely wrong, and they are always happily chattering away, or slumped over asleep. When is the last time you saw a frazzled mom driving down the road with a screaming child on that show? Answer: Never. It is the most ridiculously fluffy look at motherhood EVER. I can’t recall one meltdown, NOT ONE.

  5. Ella

    That Mo fo is thirty! Get a real job, Mike! It’s a good scary story to tell your kids one day, but it’s time to grow up already.

    I got through my twenties with my fare share of inadvisable behavior, but not to the degree that MTV makes “cool” for young people. This is not what your twenties are about kids! Will you black out once or twice and do or say some regrettable things? Yes, but flashing your vag, being someone’s disposable toy for the evening so you can be on TV for a minute? It’s just scary and telling that this is what the youth’s MTV is giving them. Our MTV was SO different and it had some sustance to it. My friend’s thirteen year old cousin watches and loves both of those shows. I doubt these kids aren’t all looking at them and the teen moms thinking what a sad train wreck.

  6. Not a Sitch fan, but I do hope he gets this taken care of.

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