It's been five weeks since Mike Sorrentino reported to prison to begin serving an 8-month sentence on tax fraud charges.
While Mike doesn't deny that he's guilty, his imprisonment is still a heartbreaking development for many, particularly given the ways in which he's turned his life around over the course of the past two years.
Fortunately, Mike recorded a wealth of video content before beginning his sentence, and his life, Lauren Pesce, is now releasing it gradually on the couple's new YouTube channel, titled, of course, The Situations.
The biggest of Mike's many life changes has been putting his hard-partying past behind him.
Sorrentino has been sober for almost three years, and admirably, he's been using his experiences with addiction and recovery to help others beat their demons and step into the light.
In the video above, Mike opens up about his struggles and pays a holiday visit to a sober house.
At the time the video was shot, Mike had already been sentenced and knew that he was just weeks away from beginning his sentence.
So this wasn't an attempt to butter up the sentencing judge -- it's just Mike trying to pay it forward as an expression of gratitude.
“I was known to be, ya know, one of the bigger partiers on Jersey Shore, so I had to think in my brain, ‘how was I going to contribute to the show if it even gets popular?’ You don’t even know if people are going to watch the show again,” Mike says about the recent Shore reboot.
“So, I just said to myself ‘I’m going to have to continue to challenge myself in my recovery,'” he adds.
“My base was two years sober, I had the sponsor, I had a good support system at home with my wife.”
Asked about his plans for the future, Mike reveals that he's not letting prison slow down his career momentum.
“It’s all about mindset,” Mike says of his time behind bars.
“I’m going to try to better myself by reading more, I’m going write a book.”
He also reveals in the clip that a third season of Jersey Shore Family Vacation has already been filmed and will feature footage of his wedding to Lauren.
“We’re so excited to have a second chance and we’re doing the most with it,” Sorrentino says at one point.
Mike's release date is currently set for September, but with good behavior, he could be bound for a halfway house in just 3-4 months.
Something tells us the reformed Situation will have no trouble keeping his nose clean.