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Rumor has it that Jersey Shore star Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino was suffering from a much larger prescription drug habit–mixed with alcohol binges–than he was letting on.

According to Radar Online, Mike only fessed up to taking Xanax and Ambien as he entered rehab last week, but his habits were much worse than that.

A source tells them that “Mike was taking unbelievable amounts of Dilaudid along with Xanax and Ambien. Mike was taking about 20-30 pills a day which easily could have killed him. Mike is very lucky that he didn’t overdose and die, because the amount of prescription drugs was that high and deadly. It was very easy for Mike to get the prescription drugs, and he got them from more than one doctor. It’s very likely that his physicians were unaware that he was taking all three of the prescription drugs. Mike would also drink alcohol while he was taking the pills which obviously could have had a horrible outcome for him. Everyone around him is hopeful he will stay sober once he leaves Cirque Lodge.”

Another friend shared that Mike had “become dependent on prescription pills to counter-act other his hard partying lifestyle, which included illegal substances. Mike was in a vicious cycle of not sleeping because of the illegal substances that he was taking, so he began using prescription pills to help him sleep. Mike would refer to the prescriptions pills as ‘downers.’ The good news is that he was the one that wanted to get help and checked into rehab. Hopefully with the proper treatment, Mike will be able to lead a sober life.”

TMZ is reporting that MTV has known since the beginning of season TWO that Mike had some serious drinking problems and tried to force him to get help.  They threatened several times to replace him and each time he got his act together enough that they kept him on.  Now, they’re worried about the opposite problem – what if he’s too sober and it becomes “Jersey Snore”? Especially now with Snooki’s pregnancy added in there.   Even though MTV has said they’re not replacing the cast, sources tell TMZ they ARE on the hunt for replacements.

On a much lighter note, Snooki shared this adorable shot of her and baby-daddy-turned-fiance Jionni LaValle.  I’m not sure if it’s meant to be their “official” engagement photo, but they are showing off Snooki’s new rock.  They really are an adorable couple.  I wonder if MTV will shoot a spinoff focused on these two after their baby is born.  Snooki learning to change diapers and dealing with all that a new baby brings could certainly  make for some quality entertainment.

 

[Photo credit: DJDM/Wenn.com] & Snooki’s Twitter

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