After his mega-popular debut on Jersey Shore
, Sorrentino went on to appear in a number of reality shows including Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
, Worst Cooks in America
, his own series The Sorrentinos
and the upcoming Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars — Family Edition
. Off-screen, the Jersey Shore
alum has struggled with a number of personal issues. He and brother Marc Sorrentino were indicted on tax offenses in 2014
, and were met with additional tax-related charges in April 2017. The reality star has also been contending with addiction. After nearly two years of sobriety following a 2012 stint in rehab, a 2014 gym injury triggered Sorrentino's battle with prescription medication abuse. Now, he tells PEOPLE
that he's been sober for 18 months after checking into rehab for a second time. "It's my life, and I have to take care of it," he said
. "If I'm not healthy mentally and physically, I'sm not going to make it."
On Jan. 15, 2019, he arrived at a prison in upstate New York to begin his eight-month sentence.
On Sept. 12, 2019, he was released, telling PEOPLE he was excited to be home and begin working
on "baby situations" with his wife.