“Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro announced he recently completed a stint in rehab for depression and alcohol abuse.
“I decided to go to treatment because I wanted to be a better person, a better father for my daughter,” Otiz-Magro, 33, told Us Weekly. “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 MTV reality star left the center after about a month on Friday, Feb. 10. Ortiz-Magro shares 10-month-old daughter Ariana Sky with on-again, off-again girlfriend Jen Harley.
“I think it’s a chronic disease. It’s a progressive disease. I’m still struggling,” he said of his alcohol abuse. “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.”
Ortiz-Magro’s treatment comes after he and Harley experienced a lot of upheaval in their relationship, which ultimately led him to file a police report against Harley after she allegedly threw an ashtray at his face. It’s been reported that they’re officially broken up at this time.
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