The unexpected can happen to anyone – and changing circumstances, an accident or life-altering event can create a new reality. Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino knows this all too well because of his struggle with opioid prescription painkillers. But now he also knows it is possible to get your life in control again.
He had a loving family and successful career as a TV personality. He was a warm, caring person who prided himself on being healthy. But then he injured his lower neck and back, and was prescribed prescription painkillers to help ease his pain. Over time, his body became dependent on opioids, but like many people living with prescription painkiller addiction, Michael thought having a prescription made it acceptable. The Michael that fans thought they knew was now struggling just to get through each day. While he managed to continue working and building upon his success, his personality had changed to be more irritable and short-tempered – far from the person he had always been. He reached the point where he no longer recognized his life – or himself. His opioid use escalated into prescription painkiller addiction.
Despite common misconceptions about prescription painkiller addiction, there was no “rock bottom” for Michael. He was traveling abroad, without prescription painkillers, and found himself unable to accomplish the simple task of getting dressed for a one-hour event with his family. Surrounded by loved ones with looks of distress and heartache, he gathered the strength to admit he had lost control and finally acknowledged the severity of his dependence. At that moment, Michael committed to his recovery.
He credits his treatment team in rehab, where he first began using a daily medication called SUBOXONE® (buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film (CIII) that he now obtains by prescription from his doctor, counseling and his family’s support to finding himself again. Michael’s hope is that everyone struggling with prescription painkiller addiction knows that no matter how unexpected the consequences may be, and regardless of how distant the familiar seems; anyone can reset reality.
Please work with your doctor to determine what treatment program will work best for you.