By Alexis Tereszcuk – Radar Senior Reporter
According to his father, Frank Sorrentino, Mike was also in a rehab facility when he was 27, before he shot to fame as the pumped up guido on the hit reality show Jersey Shore.
“When Mikey was in rehab we found the facility for him in Florida and we brought him down here and did a 7 day dry out period then he went to another facility for 30 days,” he said.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Mike is currently in treatment for his prescription pill addiction after years of hard partying, but the first time he was in rehab his financial situation was so dire that his brother Mark paid for him to get treatment!
“Mark took care of a lot of financial obligations that Mike needed,” his dad said. Frank recalled that Mike’s issues became so bad that it was imperative for them to get him into treatment.
“I did all the leg work in Florida and to make sure he got here and to make sure that we secured a spot because he so desperately needed the help,” he said.
Frank said he visited his son every day for the first seven days and then when Mike was moved he wasn’t allowed to see his family for the first two weeks. After that, his brothers visited until Mike was released but his father said that in hindsight he doesn’t believe he was ready to leave rehab at that point.
“I gotta say I’m not a psychologist or a drug addiction counselor. I didn’t recognize the symptoms that he wasn’t well yet,” he said.
As a parent Frank said he struggled with his son’s substance abuse problems. “For me, after years of dealing with his addiction, years of dealing with all the bullsh*t, this wasn’t a 16-year-old kid. The guy was a 27-year-old man. I was just hoping he would be able to stand up,” he said.
Frank said that Mike wasn’t taking responsibility for his actions at that time, and that he was lashing out. “He creates a problem for himself, deals it to you, and then blames you because you couldn’t solve the problem.
“No one forced him to put himself in that situation, it just happened. That’s where he was,” he said.