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Ex-'Jersey Shore' star opens up about addiction

  • Reality television star from the MTV Series "Jersey Shore," Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino poses for a portrait, on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK — Former "Jersey Shore" cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino realized he had an addiction problem on a trip to Australia in February 2012.

He ran out of a prescription to treat an injury suffered during a 2010 stint on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

"All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn't do that," Sorrentino said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. "The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn't even get out of bed," he said. Then he thought, "If I can't do that how am I going to continue?"

There were rumors at the time that he was battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol but Sorrentino maintains that wasn't the case and says "those rumors were definitely false. I didn't mix anything."

Soon after he checked into rehab where doctors prescribed him with a medication to treat opioid addiction. Sorrentino still takes it daily and says that, combined with counseling, is what works best for him.


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