Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is currently 19 months sober, but the reality star revealed to E! News recently that he wasn't always living clean.
The 34-year-old, who is currently appearing on WeTV's Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars Family, shared that while appearing on MTV's Jersey Shore in the '00s, he was "heavily using," which led to dramatic behavior that didn't endear him to his castmates.
In fact, he's still shocked when he watches himself in old episodes.
"I was watching it for the first time in years, and I was like, 'Oh my God! I was like that?'" he said. "And then again, like I said, I was wild," he told us. "I was in my twenties, and I was using heavily."
Read on to hear what else the Jersey Shore star had to say.
"When I watch certain seasons—mostly Italy season—it's hard for me to watch that one because I was coming at everyone for no reason apparent," he revealed. "And it's because—and a lot of people didn't know—I was really heavily using. I didn't know how to control my emotions."
Sorrentino added, "I was actually trying to get clean that year. It didn't really work, but I was trying that year. I was just agitated all the time...It was just a train wreck."
Over the past two years, the reality star has gotten sober, and learned plenty of lessons along the way.
"[Being sober] really taught me how to be at peace. It taught me to be more accepting," he said. "I live my life today more at peace. I try not to have any arguments. I mean, everything in my life now has changed."
"I just live such a peaceful life," he added. "I'm in a lot better place than I was maybe in my twenties."
Sorrentino, who is currently dating girlfriend Lauren Pesce, also discussed the possibility of starting a family.
"I'm coming across that age, you know, I'm low 30s right now," he said. "I've had wild 20s. I want to have a family of my own very, very soon. I'm talking within a year or so...I would like to plan to get engaged this year, and also start a family this year."
Marriage Boot Camp airs Fridays on WeTV at 9 p.m.
Photo Credit: Instagram / @mikethesituation
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