Jersey Shore‘s Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is opening up about his decision to enter rehab for depression and alcohol abuse. The reality star completed a one-month program at Headwaters treatment center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Friday. In an interview with Us Weekly, Ortiz-Magro revealed that he wanted to get help after hitting “rock bottom.”
“I was making wrong decisions and I was very depressed,” he explained. “When I was depressed I would turn to drinking and when I would drink, bad things would just continue to happen because I wasn’t reacting the way I should.”
Ortiz-Magro continued, “My state of mind when I went in, I was just very depressed, just very angry, very resentful to myself about a lot of things I had done over the last year, or even years. … I was definitely in a place where I didn’t know how to control my life anymore.”
The MTV star made headlines over the past year for his volatile relationship with Jen Harley. They share 10-month-old daughter Ariana Sky and split in January after a New Year’s Eve fight. He checked into rehab shortly after.
“I decided to go to treatment because I wanted to be a better person, a better father for my daughter,” Ortiz-Magro added. “Eventually, all the bad decisions I was making were going to lead me to places that I didn’t want to be. I wanted to be led to the place that I am now – that’s happy, healthy and the best role model for my daughter.”
The 33-year-old TV star acknowledged alcohol addiction is something he will battle “for the rest of my life.”
“I think it’s a chronic disease. It’s a progressive disease. I’m still struggling,” he admitted. “You stop and you start up again, and it’s worse than when you stopped. You’re just like, ‘Wow, I thought I had this under control,’ but at the end of the day, it has full control over you.”
It’s unclear where Harley and Ortiz-Magro stand today, but he has been enjoying time with his baby girl since returning home.
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