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Back in March, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino admitted that he was dealing with a very real prescription medication situation. Admirably, the 29-year-old Jersey Shore star recognized he had a problem and checked himself into a rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for what he said was an addiction to painkillers. In a candid new interview with MTV News, The Situation opens up about his addiction, his stint in rehab and his biggest regret. (Watch the video below.)
"My addiction was prescription painkillers. At first, I'm sure I thought that it might give me energy. I thought it helped me, because it's a painkiller so you're not tired anymore," he explains. "Then after a while you're like 'Oh maybe this is going to help my schedule out.' I for sure made a mistake by picking a substance over what I previously chose, which was fitness."
As for those rumors that Sorrentino was also grappling with alcohol and cocaine addiction, he insists that there's nothing to them.
"It was strictly painkillers and I never mixed them either, even on Jersey Shore, which obviously people have seen me with a drink in my hand and I was never drunk," he says. The reason? Being impaired, Sorrentino says, would have messed up his A-game with some very fine guidettes. "I was the guy that was the ladies man. You know, you can't get girls if you can't speak to them," he explains. "So drinking was definitely not an issue for me."
What was an issue for The Situation was adjusting to life in a rehabilitation center (he spent three weeks in Utah's Cirque Lodge).
"Your first day [in rehab] is detox. It's not a pleasurable experience at all," he recalls. "In the beginning, for sure, when I was [at the facility] in Utah, I'd wake up and just be extremely disappointed with myself. Like, 'I can't believe I got here. How did I get here?'"
And detox wasn't even the worst part. That honor goes to the emotional roller coaster he experienced as he came out of his painkiller-induced haze. "I'm not gonna lie, it feels like you're not gonna recover," he says. "It feels like an impossible deed... [but] day by day it gets better."
One thing that Sorrentino wants to get better is his once-close relationship with Jersey Shore castmate Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.
"I would never want to hurt [Snooki's] feelings," he says of the now-pregnant Polizzi. "That girl is very special to me. If I could turn back the clock, which I always say that I have no regrets... [I would apologize for] definitely hurting her feelings... and our friendship."