If you watch Jersey Shore Family Vacation -- or if you take even a passing interest in the lives of the show's cast members -- then we probably don't need to tell you it's been one hell of a rough year for Ronnie Magro.
In addition to Ronnie's tumultuous relationship with Jen Harley, the rage-prone bro is coping with the challenges of new fatherhood, as well as some debilitating substance abuse issues.
While any Shore viewer could have speculated that Rahn might have an issue with his alcohol intake, it wasn't until this year, when Magro checked into rehab, that he knew he recognized the need for change.
That was back in February, and fans recently congratulated Ronnie on reaching six months of sobriety.
Unfortunately, it seems all that progress may have been undone at the 2019 VMAs on Monday night.
Ronnie was in attendance with an unidentified male friend, and onlookers tell Radar Online that the reality was making no effort to conceal his drinking.
One witness claims Ron “was ordering spiked lemonade” at a stand inside the venue along with his companion.
According to Radar, Ronnie and his friend were later spotted sitting at a bar.
And Magro was apparently engaging in behavior that any Shore fan will recognize as deeply ominous.
“He was getting annoyed, and he was constantly on his phone,” says the source.
We obviously can't say with any certainty that Ronnie was texting with Jen, but whatever was happening on his screen seemed to motivate him to see out more booze
“He was looking for shots, too," says the witness.
The news comes as a shock to many, as since completing rehab, Ron has spoken candidly on several occasions about his struggle with addiction and his gratitude for sobriety:
“I was just making the wrong decisions and I was very depressed. When I was depressed, I would turn to drinking,” Magro told Us Weekly in February.
“When I would drink, bad things would just continue to happen because I wasn’t reacting the way I should.”
Ronnie later credited his rival-turned-friend Mike Sorrentino with helping him get sober.
You don't need to be an addiction counselor to see how a night filled with celebrity encounters and relationship drama could be triggering to a newly-recovered addict.
We just hope Ron is able to find whatever sort of help he needs before it's too late.