Jersey Shore star, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, opened up about his recent rehab stay in an interview with Us Weekly.
Ortiz-Magro received help at Headwaters treatment center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The reality star was released on Friday after being in treatment for about a month.
Ortiz-Magro expressed that he sought help 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.”
“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,” he expressed.
“When I was depressed, I would just turn to drinking, and when I would drink, bad things would just continue to happen because I wasn’t reacting the way I should,” he said. “I was very depressed. Very angry. Resentful to myself about a lot of things I’ve done over the last year, or even years. I’m proud of stuff, but I’m not proud of a lot of stuff. I was definitely in a place where I just didn’t know how to control my life anymore.”
“I think it’s a chronic disease. It’s a progressive disease. I’m still struggling,” Ortiz-Magro 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 and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Jen Harley share 10-month-old daughter Ariana. Months of drama and arguments between the couple have been seen on Jersey Shore and social media.