From the Jersey Shore to Rehab
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the estimated number of emergency department visits involving nonmedical use of benzodiazepines increased 89 percent nationwide between 2004 and 2008 and that number is rising at an alarming rate. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, from the reality TV show, “The Jersey Shore” became part of the statistic as he was battling a prescription drug addiction that was taking over his life.
The grip of prescription drug addiction is strong and begins to tear lives apart. For many prescription drug addicts, many facets of their lives have been negatively impacted, such as:
- Employment difficulties and job loss
- Financial difficulties
- Legal issues
- Psychological problems
- Personal realtionships
For “The Situation,” his life was spiraling out of control. He reports that he struggled to shower and dress himself for scheduled appearances as a result from the painkillers he was abusing. He also states that his addiction to prescription drugs affected his relationship with castmate, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi as he explains that he repeatedly hurt her, ultimately straining their relationship.
The decision to go to a drug rehab center for prescription drug addiction is not an easy one to make. Although the adverse effects of the addiction may be taking a toll on the addict’s life, the fear of dealing with physical and emotional pain that the drugs are masking can keep the addict from seeking treatment.
“The Situation” sought treatment at an inpatient drug rehab facility in Utah. He reported that his experience in detox was a difficult one but very necessary. In treatment, he dealt with the flood of emotions that he blocked with prescription medication. He was able to complete his treatment and is handling his recovery one day at a time.
According to the CDC, approximately 50,000 people die from prescription painkiller abuse every year. Seeking treatment at a drug rehab center can help those struggling with prescription drug addiction. Luckily for “The Situation,” he will live to see another beach day at the Jersey Shore.
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