'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino on Battling Addicton to Pain Killers: I'm Lucky to Be Alive
In an exclusive interview with InTouch, the 30-year-old recalls his struggle to kick the habit, admitting he hit rock bottom in a hotel room while watching a movie starring the late Brittany Murphy.
"All of the sudden, I was like, 'Wait, didn't she die on prescription painkillers?'" Sorrentino said of Murphy, who died in 2009 at the age of 32. "'That could be me. Am I going to be that guy that was so awesome on the Jersey Shore and then ... that's it?'"
So what changed?
After a paid appearance in Australia, Sorrentino decided to go to rehab, due in part to the help and support of his family. There, he endured 10 days of detox, an experience he described as "horrible."
"I didn't see a change right away," he told the magazine. "It was almost like a little kid learning how to ride a bicycle again."
Sorrentino said he first started taking painkillers after he suffered an injury during his 2010 stint on Dancing With the Stars. Very quickly, however, the drugs became more than just a medical need.
"They gave me energy," he said. "I felt euphoric."
Luckily, his stint in rehab proved to be successful. In fact, now, Sorrentino -- who just finished filming the latest season of Jersey Shore, which will air later this year on MTV -- is feeling better than ever.
"I feel like a new person," he said. "Healthy and ready to conquer the world."
For more on The Situation's struggle, pick up the latest issue of InTouch, on stands now.