Three years have gone by since he was a contestant on the show, but Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino blames Dancing With the Stars for the pill addiction he's battled ever since.
While competing on DWTS, he suffered a neck injury, which he wound up being prescribed pain killers for. The pills led to Mike developing an addiction to opiates that was so bad, there were days he admits he couldn't even find the energy to get dressed and get out of bed.
Thankfully, he seems to have things mostly under control now even though he's still taking medication for his injury and is in counseling to deal with his addiction.
But what happened to Mike just goes to show how grueling being on DWTS is for some contestants. Going through hours and hours of daily rehearsals to get ready to perform each week is no joke.
Even though some of the cast members are already in amazing shape when they go on the show, nothing can truly prepare them for how much stress their bodies are going to go through while learning the dances. Most of them are moving around in ways they aren't used to, and one wrong move can leave them with an injury that they may wind up dealing with for years to come.
And it really bugs me how no one gives these dancers enough credit, especially when they don't naturally pick up on the steps and look like Fred Astaire on the very first night. I mean -- give them a break! What they're trying to learn to do is HARD in every sense of the word, and it just isn't right for viewers and also the judges to pick on them or give them a hard time.
Hopefully hearing that Mike is still having trouble with his injury and resulting addiction will inspire people to offer a little more support to the new DWTS season 17 contestants instead of immediately criticizing them for being less than perfect.
You know what they say -- you can't judge someone until you've danced a mile in their shoes!
Do you think it was brave of Mike to speak out about his addiction?
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