Jersey Shore star The Situation in rehab. Or not.

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Could this man, who has so enriched the culture, be suffering from a spritual (as in 100 proof spirits) crisis?

Perennially topless cuddly Jersey Shore teddy bear star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who seems to spend the entire time he’s on camera drinking, bellowing and bleating, has checked into rehab for substance abuse, reports TMZ. Or has he?

The Situation’s pr rep tells Entertainment Weekly, the professional partier and sometime clothing company spokesperson simply is resting up.

Sitch, the rep says, “has spent the past several weeks at an undisclosed location for much needed rest and recuperation after his extensive production and appearance schedule.”

(We tend to forget that an artist of Stich’s stature needs to unwind and recharge his batteries.)

The rep confirms that Sitch will be back for Jersey Shore’s highly-anticipated sixth season, which will have the gang party, have sex, eat, suntan, get high to do their laundry, party, have sex, eat, suntan, get high to do their laundry, party, have sex … just as they did in Seasons 1 through 5.

Rehab or R&R?

Is Sitch really getting a mud bath, organic fruit facials and Shiatsu massages in some exclusive spa as his rep suggests, or is he learning about the 12 Steps in some exclusive rehab-spa?

TMZ is sticking to its story.

The gossip outlet cites an anonymous insider who says the reality star has shown signs of serious substance abuse and that “he was getting worse" as the fifth season progressed.

He hit rock bottom, TMZ says, at a recent beach party.

You can judge for yourself: Here’s the vid.