As Jersey Shore Family Vacation rolls on strong at MTV, a member of the squad is celebrating a major milestone. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's struggles with sobriety date as far back as his stint on Jersey Shore, but he's since pulled his life back together after struggles with addiction. On Christmas Eve 2020 he celebrated a major milestone: five years of sobriety.
It's a big accomplishment, and The Situation decided to celebrate with a nice cake. The Jersey Shore cast member posed with his cake at the Banyan Treatment Center, as well as a plaque dedicated to his first day of sobriety.
Five years sober was not easy for Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who had to deal with some pretty hefty legal issues in the process. He ultimately ended up serving time in prison as punishment for tax evasion but is now a free married man with a fresh perspective on life and a child on the way. His life has changed in a major way this past half-decade, so this accomplishment is certainly worth celebrating.
The Situation's life change was so significant that it became a focal point of Season 1 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. Mike Sorrentino's transformation was even a shock to his Jersey Shore costars, many of whom waged war with him in the original reality series. The Situation's past behavior in some ways was linked to his drug use at the time, and obviously not representative of the person he could become.
Part of The Situation's comeback is linked to the strong support of his wife, Lauren Sorrentino. Mike Sorrentino revealed at one point in his recovery that he tried to tell a cop she was a crazy fan chasing him in order to escape her and use drugs. She stuck with him regardless of the incident, and now the two are married and months away from having their first child.
The story isn't exactly a new one to Jersey Shore Family Vacation viewers, but certainly a heartwarming one during the holiday season. The Situation's journey is one that should inspire others and was not easy, which makes it all the more impressive that he documented a bulk of his journey to this point on the MTV reality series. It's a bold move to return to a series that was known for hard partying while being sober, but it looks like The Situation has and is still comfortable sticking with his friends even if he is the sober one in the club.
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