Rehab Made Mike 'The Situation' Way More Likable (VIDEO)

Here's something I never though I'd say about a Jersey Shore star—especially one who refers to himself as The Situation—but I'm actually really impressed with Mike Sorrentino.

In his first interview since completing rehab for a prescription medication addiction, Sorrentino sounds like a very different dude from the hard-partying meathead who once proudly described himself as someone who "looks like Rambo, pretty much, with his shirt off."

He comes across as more humble, for one thing (that was overdue)—but most of all, he sounds completely and totally human in his fight to stay sober.


In the interview, Sorrentino described his first day in rehab and the challenges he faced:

Your first day is detox. It's not a pleasurable experience at all. ... 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? Like, I can't believe this.' (...) Everything just hits you all at once, and it feels like you're not going to recover. It feels like it's an impossible deed. Day by day, you're like, 'When is it going to get better? When is it going to get better?' But day by day, it does."

He said that he first began taking prescription painkillers to help him deal with his suddenly-famous lifestyle, and that while he doesn't believe he did any serious damage to his career or his family, he knows how easily things could have been worse.

Sorrentino also knows that having completed rehab isn't a guarantee that he won't have any further problems:

The results, your health, your mind, your body, it's not coming back as quick as you want it to. I'll be honest, the only thing that comes back quick is your emotions. (...) You're supposed to take it one day at a time. If all you have to concentrate on is that one day and today and being your best ... I think you should be good for that day and you're not gonna relapse.

I think the thing I found most impressive about this interview is how forthcoming he is on the difficulties of getting sober and how doing so inevitably means you have to confront all the emotions you were self-medicating to avoid. I know from personal experience how hard it is to open up to anyone about that process—much less the entire world.

Good for Mike Sorrentino. I hope his road to recovery is smooth and that he's back to a happy life of GTL-ing or whatever it is those kids like to do.

Here's the entire interview, courtesy of MTV:

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