NEW YORK -- Former "Jersey Shore" cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino realized he had an addiction problem on a trip to Australia in February 2012.
He ran out of a prescription to treat an injury suffered during a 2010 stint on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
There were rumors at the time that he was battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol but Sorrentino maintains that wasn't the case and says "those rumors were definitely false. I didn't mix anything."
Soon after he checked into rehab where doctors prescribed him with a medication to treat opioid addiction. Sorrentino still takes it daily and says that, combined with counseling, is what works best for him.
The 32-year-old is now a paid spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the company that makes the medication he's taking. He's also helped launch a program called Reset Reality, to spread knowledge and understanding of opiod prescription painkiller addictions.
He tries to look at life in 24 hour increments and his goal is to be "the best person I can be for those 24 hours."