Mike “The Scenario” Sorrentino is opening up a few low level in his dependancy battle.
On Thursday’s episode of Jersey Shore Household Trip, Sorrentino, 36, received candid about his journey to sobriety throughout a heart-to-heart along with his costar Jenni “JWoww” Farley. The dialog befell whereas Sorrentino, who is sort of three years sober after overcoming a prescription painkiller dependancy, was on his approach to a talking engagement at a rehab middle in New Jersey.
“There was one time I used to be making an attempt to get sober and I had a physician and a nurse at my home,” he recalled. “They have been detoxing me, and after 4 or 5 days, I had the ‘f–k-its,’ they name it. The place you’re like, ‘F— it, I don’t need this anymore. I wish to go occasion, I wish to really feel higher.’ “
Sorrentino stated he jumped into his automobile and drove off. As a substitute of letting him go, his then-girlfriend Lauren Pesce — whom he married final week — received into her personal automobile and took off after him.
“I used to be attempting to get away from her, so there was a little bit of rushing occurring, a bit of little bit of a automobile chase,” he stated. “Ultimately, a cop pulled up beside me and I truly stated to the cop that there was a loopy fan following me. He simply didn’t entertain it. He was like, ‘Mike, you’re loopy.’ However I truly stated that about my girlfriend, who was behind me attempting to assist me.”
“That’s story for folks to listen to, as a result of these have been my loopy instances,” he admitted. “However I couldn’t escape her. She was decided. I circled and went residence and I went by the detox course of.”
“I like Lauren an increasing number of,” gushed Farley, 32. “She simply caught by his facet. She wouldn’t stop on Mike, and truthfully, that’s so freaking fantastic.”
As soon as they received to the Discovery Institute, the place Sorrentino himself as soon as stayed for a 60-day remedy program, the MTV star met with a neighborhood New Jersey man named Anthony, a candidate for the middle’s Giving Tree scholarship. This system, launched with Sorrentino’s assist, awards detox and residential scholarships totaling over $500,000 price of remedy to folks battling drug and/or alcohol dependancy.
“The Scenario used to do membership appearances, however now The Scenario is The Inspiration. Each single month, at totally different rehabs, I share my expertise simply to assist the restoration neighborhood,” Sorrentino defined. “After I do that, not solely is it one in every of my greatest accomplishments, however giving again, truly, you’re serving to your self, and I didn’t even know that. So it’s actually so dope.”
“I’m very happy with myself. I didn’t suppose that I’d ever get by it,” he admitted. “I by no means thought in one million years that I might be the individual that I’m at the moment.”
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Sorrentino has lengthy credited Pesce, his school sweetheart, with serving to him flip his life round.
“She’s undoubtedly my higher half and the explanation why I try to be the very best model of myself and to battle for our future,” he informed PEOPLE earlier this 12 months. “And to indicate instance to her, her household and everybody watching — as a result of my life has been underneath a microscope. I’ve so much to show.”
Sorrentino is ready to start an eight-month jail sentence for tax evasion on Jan. 15. A rep for Sorrentino informed PEOPLE that the fact star is “grateful to proceed work, have a good time the vacations and his three years sober milestone” earlier than turning himself in.
“He appears to be like ahead to finishing his sentence and coming residence to Lauren, household and associates,” the rep added.
Jersey Shore Household Trip airs Thursdays (eight p.m. ET) on MTV.