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When Jersey Shore fans first met Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, he was a cocaine-fueled party monster who lived to create drama.

These days, Mike has done a complete 180 and turned his life around in truly admirable fashion.

Mike Sorrentino Proposes to Lauren Pesce
Photo via MTV

Unfortunately, in the eyes of the criminal justice system, The Sitch still has much to atone for.

Back in Sorrentino pled guilty to tax fraud.

Federal investigators allege that the 36-year-old had failed to pay taxes on more than $9 million in earnings.

In October, Sorrentino was sentenced to 8 months in prison.

He’ll be able to spend the holidays with his family but must turn himself in to authorities on January 15.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that Mike recently celebrated a major victory in his battle against substance abuse.

The Situation is sober

Mike posted the above photo to Instagram this week, allowing with the following caption:

“Big daddy Sitch celebrating 3 years of sobriety & teaming up with @discoveryinstitute_nj to bring a holiday meal to Phoenix Recovery House in Eatontown NJ for Christmas,” Sorrentino wrote.

Yes, in case you had any doubt that The Sitch is a changed man, he decided to celebrate his sobriety to giving back to others.

Sitch on Shore
Photo via MTV

In his latest Instagram story, Mike wrote, “2019 will be your year of advancement … God is taking you to another level.”

Despite the hardships ahead, it seems Mike is genuinely optimistic about his future — and with good reason.

Last month, Sorrentino married Lauren Pesce, the college sweetheart, whom he’s been dating on and off for more than 15 years.

The Situation Proposes!
Photo via Instagram

“He just wants to get his time done, come home and start his life over. The wedding has been a great distraction for him,” a source told Us Weekly just prior to the wedding.

“He and Lauren are just focusing on getting ready for their wedding,” the insider adds.

“Once it’s done, he really wants to spend as much time as he can with her before he leaves.

The Situation and Lauren Pesce

“He’s looking forward to working up until he goes away.”

We hope he’s been able to do exactly that in the weeks to come.

We wish Mike all the best in his continued recovery.