The Situation "in Bad Shape" Before Checking Into Treatment Center

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is getting a much-need breather. On Tuesday, a rep for the Jersey Shore star confirmed that he checked into a treatment program "for much needed rest and recuperation after his extensive production and appearance schedule." And the six-packed reality star himself is slamming reports that his time out is related to substance abuse.

"You can't believe everything you hear about 'the situation' with The Situation," he wrote on his blog Wednesday morning. "This is just like the child hood game of 'telephone' - someone hears a small rumor and blows it out of proportion."

As for his cohorts on the hit MTV show -- including Snooki, Jwoww and others, "Mike is really distant from the rest of the castmates," a source explains to Us Weekly. "When they are not filming, they really don’t know what he is up to and don’t talk to him at all."

And the source is glad that Sorrentino has taken a break. "Mike was in bad shape" before the treatment center, the source adds.