“We want to shed light on the fact that there are positive stories out there — we do recover. Most importantly, the comeback is truly greater than the setback.”
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has had an intense year. He spent majority of 2019 in prison over tax evasion charges and more recently he and his wife revealed that they suffered a miscarriage. The JerseyShore star opened up about his rough year in a new interview.
“Those important principles that I learned are what helped us get through prison and through the most recent situation with my wife and a bit of a complication we had, so I guess everything in life happens for a reason,” he told PEOPLE.
Four Years Sober
Sorrentino who is now four years sober is doing his part to give back to others by partnering with treatment centers to spread awareness about addiction.
“We want to shed light on the fact that there are positive stories out there — we do recover,” he explained. “Most importantly, the comeback is truly greater than the setback.”
He continued, “I was in a treatment center and I was really just sort of sick and tired. I was desperate for results. I really wanted to be able to look in the mirror again and make myself proud, I wanted to make my mother proud. So I just made a promise to myself for there to be no excuses, for me to do the best I can to absorb as much as I could in rehab and practice those principles in my everyday life, and for me to stay on the road to recovery no matter what. Ever since then, I’ve continued being my best self, and now I’m living my best life and teaching others to do the same.”
Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Sorrentino battled an addiction to prescription painkillers over a three-year period that culminated in two separate stints in rehab. With the support of his wife Lauren Pesce and other supporters, the 37-year-old has been able to maintain his sobriety through the extreme lows.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but don’t forget that light is you,” Sorrentino said. “The only person that can fix your life is the person in the mirror. In active recovery, there are no excuses. You never want to get off the road to recovery. It’s really about going one day at a time for the rest of your life.”
The Situation is not the only member of The Jersey Shore cast to get sober. Earlier this year, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro announced that he was entering rehab for alcoholism and depression.
“I decided to go to treatment because I wanted to be a better person, a better father for my daughter,” he explained to US Weekly. “Eventually, all the bad decisions I was making were going to lead me to places I didn’t want to be. I wanted to be led to the place that I am now – that’s happy, healthy, and the best role model for my daughter.”