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Hello and welcome to help Hawke and Julie Banderas in for Dr.
Manny today we've gotten a peek into the life of Michael -- and -- on the hit reality TV show Jersey Shore.
But sometimes what the camera captures isn't always the real situation after suffering a neck and back injury he became dependent on prescription painkillers.
And -- like took a downward spiral and he joins me now to talk about.
Overcoming his addiction and how he hopes to inspire others thank you so much.
-- Michael for coming in and talking to us first of all what are you tell us exactly why and how you got into painkillers in the first place.
Ha obviously and you know I didn't necessarily get into -- -- on purpose but.
Obama is obvious you know like many Americans are millions Americans you know -- described by doctor you -- and you know once you get described by a doctor.
You Cilic is OK -- that piece of paper and 2011.
I was sunny reality dancing competition and I had hurt myself.
And that night you know I had you know was seen by a doctor and was Rick you know I received the prescription for.
I hope you it -- fiction painkiller and Saddam.
And once I got the prescription on the ground injured you know I can take this whenever I want you know and nobody can tell me -- -- -- and I could be Thomas -- raucous and a paper in front of me and so.
You know I continued on and months and months later.
That description turns into.
Depends how much does it doctor I'm numbness that doctor did -- him that this this drug can be dependent but how much I -- taking the drug first of all I was doing as directed.
What are I think it was a three times -- day.
That this dividend eventually eventually exactly yes eventually what do you take eventually I took -- times the maximum dose you know once I -- -- Six -- yeah.
Not -- I'm gonna -- something to three times that OK okay.
I mean -- -- certain time period not taking this medication your body gets depended on it.
And you needed just to wake up you know we're just do your daily function here and now I mean I hit.
Hit it pretty well but you know eventually after about a year and I could -- -- -- had to get help.
What was it that made you realize you needed to get help you this went on for a year you -- Yet -- that -- months months and probably almost a year and had a much from the more they knew that I was in the same Michael anymore.
Michael wasn't I was in the fitness you know I wasn't working out by accident I mean I wasn't working out -- maybe twice a week ago Africa -- -- it just in March active.
Yeah yeah I mean works differently everybody's body but.
I mean for me.
My -- -- the situation after -- don't expect so I mean just -- to maintain my body I wasn't working out twice the hard court like -- was you know my whole life.
Now -- taken -- -- twice today.
And then like I said -- that the months became dependent on this medication.
-- You know it's like my life you know and Mike Stanley realized.
Month to month that that -- -- -- person is of the same love for life and who knows that you know he's just sensitive romantic you know.
And and they as they approached me I would or had my hands up like you know.
I'm ready to go.
Only because I was abroad pitched in Austria right and it could get -- He -- didn't make the medication question and I can -- get up for a one hour you know appearance in Australia you know I'm talking to cancer -- the everything's out I just needed to get dressed.
You don't move on to -- and you've got.
Help -- it and how you got help and the reason why you're talking to today is because you want other people that have experienced similar yes situations.
If if you will -- that.
To get the same kind of help what worked for you you kind of -- into a different type of reality reset Rea let's saddle.
I partnered with recent reality Communist in the sounds pretty cool because it is my reality will always -- my reality and it's my recovery.
And recent reality or recent reality dot com is pretty much any website that has very helpful tools and information for it you know the average person to go to to find information about doctors and facilities.
It has my story has many other stories that are like -- -- have to do with.
You know -- -- description painkillers or the addiction and that is really -- disease.
And how you can help but once and pour yourself and you have to push you into rehab or is this is something he thought I had my hands up at that time -- -- I was ready to go as I was coming to get help people coming at me so I was -- -- -- -- any kind of intervention now know I was just iPad -- controlling your life which is a huge steps -- -- -- suffering from addiction I.
I realize that you know.
I -- just for one hour function.
How was I gonna go home but how many kids -- how we keep a six pack -- it's exactly how -- get a -- you TV here or there that or what what god has blessed me with elegant and gone so I realize you know you need to.
Get help and do it now and in and then went to Utah I think the next day I'm -- -- -- straight from the plane from Australia.
To Utah so you seem like -- don't -- I -- I don't know I'm doing very well.
You know they had just a six pack everything's great I make a six pack is back in Indian -- the situation situated at the and Alec -- -- -- you know I love life I have a girlfriend -- and beautiful house says.
The know how personally have my nice cars have have a new show coming out soon you know hopefully we'll see that -- a torn Spain coming.
So you know obviously what's with more importantly is now and that's the partnership -- recent reality and hopefully I can help one person from you know -- my story and that's what you want him to take away from -- -- -- you know my life is public in Newton and -- always -- public you know and sometimes I don't like it but it it is the latest and the White House -- for -- story that's critical.
-- enough people find more information -- they can find the same can't help you know they can either go to my -- -- or my Twitter but you know mostly go to.
recent -- account and had to say that that you know but I think.
And yet that I.
I -- worldwide web folks.
It also your Twitter handle -- -- -- always like to get that out yes the Twitter handle is it's the situation well thank you so much for joining us today they are great -- -- to come out.
And it turns and -- -- to everybody about this very personal experience -- a lot of people struggling with this action hopefully you know couple.
Yes we hope so thank you so much for coming here today and if you have any health questions you can you email them to Dr.
Manny at foxnews.com thanks for watching everybody for Fox News.
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