Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Amber Portwood Talks About her Drug Use. Is MTV to Blame?

According to the Herald bulletin Evan Broderick (Amber's attorney) stated that Amber said she was prepared to go to prison and do her time. 

Amber admitted that she first used drugs when she was 13 years old but once she was started filming Teen Mom the temptations were increased. Broderick said that when Amber flew to California to meet with producers about the show, drugs were readily available and that Amber and other members of the show partied together.

Nikkole Paulun also claims that her boyfriend Josh was enabled to do drugs by MTV. She also insinuates that this could have been the case for other cast members who are too afraid to talk about it.

While in rehab Amber was sober for two and a half months but began using again when she was prescribed Hydrocodones after having gallbladder surgery. For those who don't know Hydrocodone is a pain medication that can be very addictive. 

Amber says that now looking back she wishes she had never done the show.

What do you think? Is MTV to blame for not intervening early on?


UPDATE:

Amber interviews with ABC News about her depression and why she chose Prison:


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77 comments:

  1. bs...is like everything..nobody put a knife in her face for her to take em drugs. shes so inmature. she gotta take some responsability and stop talkn nonsense it was her fault all the way. Grow up Amber, and start thinking about Leah. its about time girl. Wish u the best. not just for u but for ur daughter!
    hugs and kisses from pr!

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    1. Have you ever been addicted?

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    2. MTV is to blame for supplying it if that was the case... If you've never had an addiction it's easy to say oh no one made her do it she's grown etc but I believe she took the right step in admitting she can't make it in a rehab facility.... At least she's making the step. When you begin an addiction at the age of 13 it's not as easy to just say okay I quit like a lot of people do. Drugs slowly invade your life until they begin running it and when that happens its very tough to get sober... Plus a true addict will battle their addiction for the rest of their life. People need to start supporting her and stop bashing her because depression is a main cause of addiction.

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    3. either way u look at this their is a little girl who is going to be really confused i feel for everyone here yea amber made these choices but remember she was a kid having a kid i think that jail is the best maybe she will realize what she had and can be the mommy leah needs

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  2. From what i have read she was taking drugs way before MTV, now she wants to blame the show? I dont think so, she needs to take responsibility and maybe that way she can start healing. What a mess, poor Leah and Gary.

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  3. NO WAY, MTV isn't to blame because ultimatley in the end it is ambers decision alone to take those pills not MTV for putting her on a show in which she again decided to go on. Shes a big girl no one was forcing pills down her throat or up her nose she realized now that she's got a problem and she needs to take care of it for herself and for her daughter.

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  4. bottom line: you can't blame anyone else for your own actions. if you're an adult of "sound mind", you should be grown up enough to know better than to continue that lifestyle. especially when there's a child involved.

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    1. An addict is not of "sound mind" that's what people keep forgetting... She's got some major issues she needs to deal with

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  5. Sucks that she has a drug problem. Thankfully she is getting help. But I think that you should have enough self control to not do drugs. I recently went abroad to a country where I could drink alcohol. But I didn't drink because I don't drink at home and didn't want to do anything stupid abroad. She needs to look at herself because MTV did not force her to do drugs, that was her choice. MTV didn't say "Go get addicted" .. that was her choice. It sucks that she got addicted, but it's her own fault.

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    1. Guess what ninjuhalder, you say, "It sucks that she got addicted, but it's her own fault." If you knew anything about drug addiction, you would know that "addicted" and "her own fault" are mutually exclusive. It's a disease. Individuals who have the genetic disposition, take one painkiller and can become addicted. Those without this curse can be prescribed the same and not have a problem. Trust me, if those who have this disease could quit simply by Self-control, they would!! No one enjoys watching their life crumble before their own eyes, it's about being powerless to the drug! I just can't stand when people speak from authority, who have no IDEA of the disease of addiction.

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    2. you sound like south park where they would have you believe addiction is a disease...its not a DISEASE...its a DECISION!!!

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    3. Addiction IS a disease, look it up. I have had this problem myself, I have been to rehab and relapsed. The disease takes over your body just like any other disease can do. Without your DOC or drug of choice, you become very sick, mentally and psychically. Your mind is not clear, you don't think right, you act on impulse. If it was my choice I would have just laid my DOC down and walked away, but it ain't that easy. Actually an addict, a real addict can't just do that. Idc who you are, if you say you can then you never were an addict and have no idea what it is like to be one.and for people who have addiction and mental illness its a million times harder. That's called co occuring disorder. Don't be dumb and just assume you know what you're talkin about. Look this stuff up. You will realize how dumb you actually are and how far you shoved your foot in your mouth. Walk a mile in my shoes, then you will see. Actually I wouldn't wish that on nobody...well...maybe a few people but that's beside the point.

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  6. Amber you should take reponsability for yur actions you have a beautiful daughter leah that loves her mommy you should be her role model in hwr life but I know who the real role model is her daddy Gary he is a good father and husband so Amber grow up yur a mother not teenager anymore!!!

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  7. People have to take responsibility for what they have done wrong in life. Whether other people did nothing to help or did help her get the drugs. Own up and accept it and move on. Learn from your mistakes and use that to better your life not only for yourself but for your baby.

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  8. no way its not mtv fault she has personal issues like everyone stay strong amber you can overcome this

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  9. MTV didn't tell her to do drugs she did it herself. She can say no to herself not to do it. I hope she gets her life together though. She can't blame other things on her actions that she herself made.

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  10. Amber just has too many problems and not enough self control to deal with them. I feel sorry for Leah and Gary, especially Leah, she's really growing up without her mother and I'm sure it's going to be hard to get back into Leahs life once Amber is all cleaned up. MTV is NOT to blame, she did it herself, before the show even started, when she was 13.. And to blame a show on something you chose to do on your own is just stupid and absurd, she should have thought of EVERY way possible how the TV show was going to impact her, Gary and Leahs life. If she felt the pressure when she went to meet with the producers to do more drugs, she should have said no, I have a baby, I need to do the best I can do for her because SHE needs a better life than I do. She was just being selfish, trying to be in the spotlight and I feel like she wanted to continue to keep getting coverage even after Teen Mom, but she chose the wrong way. So sad. Goodluck in prison Amber, get better for Leahs sake.

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  11. Did i mis-read this or did she say she was taking drugs while pregnant? what an absolute shocking example to set for her daughter.

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    1. It isn't clear to me whether she was or wasn't during her pregnancy. I would hope not and thankfully Leah was born a healthy baby girl.

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    2. If she was taking the hydrocodene which is vice it has no effect on the baby. Not saying its right unless it was needed. I don't think you people realise how easy it is to become an addict. Stop being so hard on her everyone is just as screwed up as her its just not broadcaster

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    3. I'm sorry, but that is false that using hydrocodone has no affect on a baby, especially if your abusing it,vicodin is a opiate, and personally I know someone, who abused vics while pregnant, and her child is very much affected by it, last I knew he was five still eating baby food, and in diapers sad

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  12. To me, recognizing the problem and choosing to go to prison as a last resort to get better IS her taking responsibility. That being said I do think that MTV did not help her they way they should have. I don't think she had a serious problem until Teen Mom started. She started taking pills for anxiety and depression and that is when I believe her pill popping really started. She probably did pills when she was 13 but I don't believe she was an addict at 13. That is just my 2 cents/

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  13. This is absolutely now the worst thing that I've heard from Amber. She loses all my support for her for this one. Drugs is a personal choice. She never should have been prescribed addictive pain meds. with her background and Dr. Drew would agree to that. She needs help, not an attorney. She doesn't deserve Leah. Gary deserves sole custody!!!

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    1. Gary is a dork! I live in his home town and he doesnt really take care of her. His mom does. He hangs with the guys and spends money on games ect. He parties big time also so dont let the poor guy fool you all. He knew how to push her buttons big time. That was her first true love so it was hard for her to make a clean brake of it.And a person who has a drug problem will always have to work at it everyday to stay clean and its hard,they may mess up several times before they truely stop.

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    2. I wish more people knew the truth about Gary. I think people are afraid to speak out about him.

      Gary has bery little coping skills, and comes from a rough back ground (which doesn't mean that he can't succeed, just that he has more obstacles).

      Gary and Amber should both get themselves fixed. Some people should not be allowed to have children.

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  14. being a recovering drug addict myself, I know it isnt no one elses fault but yourselfs.. No one put a gun to my head, and it sucks getting off drugs thank god i didnt have to go to jail or prison to stop i just finally got sick of only thinking about how i was gonna get high.. So i cut it cold turkey best thing i ever done. I will not judge her for her personal issues and i kinda feel bad for her because not only did she have a problem but everyone in the world knows about it now there was no hiding her issues like i could. i say fame had a part in what was available to her so she had more chances to buy stuff but im not gonna say thats what caused it. Im glad she is getting help even though its going to prison its a life lesson hopefully she will learn from.

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  15. I live n her home town.Amber has had personal issues before the show and it got worse once the money came rolling in.She never had surg. This was reported in the court docs.She did not follow the agreement laid out.Gary is at much to blame as she is.mtv does not give drugs out I am pretty sure of this-but I am sure they have staff memebers who would hook someone up for some green cash under the table. Yes she got 5 years but really she will be out under 2.She will get time cutts for g.e.d and drug classes and parent classes. plus doc u only due half of your time and then on paper. I think she was sick of everyone giving her hell and she needed the help. I keep her in prayer.

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  16. Her family always did blame MTV for all her negative attitudes and behaviors. She is recycling what they said, and avioding personal responcibility. Until she takes personal responcibility she will NEVER get better.

    And Jaime, I kinda agree that you are enabling her, just like her family does. I don't think she altrusitically chose jail. She knew she was gonna test positive, so she tries to make herself look as good as she could.

    Amber is awesome at making herself look like the victim, because in her eyes she is.

    Like when she got busted for whacking Gary, she made it all about herself, and how she was going to have to face reprocussions... She did not even really concider the effects on Gary (stress etc) and, most of all, LEAH.

    Amber is all about Amber. She manipulates her family members to believe that she is hard done by.

    Addicts and bi polar personalities are keen manipulators.

    Amber is a piece of work. I don't believe she went to jail in an effort to get better. S2S would have helped her, but she did not want their help.

    Leah should have been adopted by a family that could offer her a secure future. That kid is going to be substanically damaged by Gary, her grandmother, and most of all, her own mother.

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  17. I can believe it once your in the light drugs are so easy to access there's no one there to tell you no. she may have been doing them before the show but i can guarantee once she hit the limelight it was basically handed to her and no one person is going to tell her no because it only adds to the show no to mention a lot of behind the scene people do it just as bad but may be so used to it they can almost control it, thats almost all "Hollywood" life is, is drugs its no secret so I believe her.

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  18. i believe it was or is all her fault. she was the one who took the drugs. she should take responsability for her own actions. she needs to grow up and be a better mother. i believe she was never a good mother. she hit and abused her boyfriend her babies father in front of leah. a person is only a mother by her actions not by blood. she needs to grow up and think of her daughter. she is selfish and has alot to work on before she can be the mother we all know she can be.

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  19. Mtv diddnt make her do drugs just or make her get pregnant at 16 years old

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  20. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I do not think MTV made amber an addict, but in choosing to film a high risk population with questionable ability to give consent ( minors) it is the networks responsibility to do what is necessary to keep them safe. The only reason Amber got in trouble for hitting Gary was that it was filmed. Gary never pressed charges. That never should have aired and producers should have referred her for help right then and there. I do wonder if the influx of money fed into the addiction. She seemed to come from a relatively poor background and had no clue how to manage it

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    1. the mtv money may have saved amber from prostitution. the stress from being pregnant and being with gary (even if mtv had never entered her life) would have started a downward spiral anyways. she may have even been worse without the cameras on her, and gary, like his mother, would have let the abuser stay around (just like his abusive step father).

      yes, amber got caught because of the cameras, but who is to say that if the cameras were not there that she wouldn't have continued to beat gary, and maybe, in a druken or high rage, even started to abuse leah?

      amber had access to drugs regardless of mtv. she has severe issues that would have presented regardless. the media coverage might have exasperated this issues, but it also may have 'kept her in check', because she knew she was being watched.

      she can't blame mtv.

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  21. Amber didn't fight temptation. In all opportunities, there will be bad temptations, such as this. It was Amber's choice to get caught up with it all. Of course, without Teen Mom, there wouldnt have been the opportunity, but this story states that'she first used drugs when she was 13 years old but once she was started filming Teen Mom the temptations were increased' so with or without MTV, Amber had already had a taste of drugs and she can't say it was MTV's fault.

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  22. I get so angry when I read all the mean comments about Amber, not just on this article but almost everywhere.. That it's all her fault, she doesn't fight against her drug addiction, she's immature, irresponsible, the worst mom and so on.

    I wonder what you guys would say when there would be a reality show about Leah when she's 18, and you see her as a teen mom with mental problems and an addiction.. (I don't say that this will happen with Leah, but to make an example) Would you also say she's a failure and irresponsible? Or would you say: poor kid, she had such a horrible mom, no wonder that she became this way.. I think many people would choose the last one (or at least feel some regret for Leah), but guess what: Amber her childhood wasn't great fun and definitely not easy. So doesn't she deserve some regret? Or at least some respect?

    Many people talk about choice, like Amber voluntarily chooses drugs above her daughter. I won't say she doesn't have a free will, that it all happens to her and she can't do anything about it. But I definitely know this is NOT what she wants. Simply because there is no one who wants to have an addiction that destroys you life, mental issues, be locked up in jail, miss your children, be hated by so many people.. (okay, there are always some exceptions) Do you think that she woke up one day and thought: hey, let's take some drugs, I would love to become an addict! Or: today I'm going to be depressed, just because it's so much fun. People aren't addicted or aggressive because they like it so much. Maybe it's something biological or genetic, maybe they've never learned from their parents how to cope with things and behave normally. Maybe they've been bullied or abused and started to believe that they're complete failures. It's not up to us to judge Amber (and so many other people!).

    There are also a lot of people who say: I am allowed to make rude comments, she signed a contract with MTV, and when you know you're going to be on tv you also know that there will be people who make rude comments to you. Yeah okay, but does that justifies the behaviour of so many people, that you may spit on her as much as you want? I don't think so. She was 16 when she signed a contract, SIXTEEN. Do you think a sixteen year old can see all the possible consequences? Do you think she expected such horrible comments that some of you guys make? Don't think so. I know so. Even a 40 year old probably can't see the consequences, just because it's something so big. You just can't know how much impact it will have on you when millions of people see you on tv.. like when you're having a baby, you don't know how much impact it has until it happened. So the reason that she choose to be on tv is in my opinion not a legitimate reason for people to bash her like this.

    There are people who have been trough something similar, who also had a bad childhood and had horrible life experiences, but who do act normal, mature and responsible now. If you are one of those people: well done, I'm really happy for you and hope that the rest your life will be great. Unfortunately there are also many many people who aren't able to cope with their past (at least not yet). Give these people the time they need, the love and respect they deserve and missed. That doesn't mean that we have to accept everything they do, definitely not, but what I do know for sure is that bashing them is the last thing people should do.

    At last, I want to say to the people who are being so rude to Amber: I believe that your comments tell more about yourself than they tell about Amber.

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    1. By the way, I'm sorry for my spelling/grammatical errors, I'm not English from origin ;).

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    2. Amelie,

      Well written! I totally see your points...

      As for Leah, if she is a teen mom or an addict I will say, "I told you so.". Why? Because both Gary and Amber come from white trash backgrounds and so Leah will simply be a product of their misfunction. If she had been adopted she may have had the opportunity to do better in life. To have a different upbringing. I feel sorry for her because she already has tremendous, tremendous challanges, and I doubt that Gary has the capacity to effectively handle or help Leah cope with the chaos that is her early years.

      Unfortunatly most people (There are always, always exceptions), but most people stay within the socio-economic bounds they were born into, and they often repeat the negative behaviors of their parents. For example, children born to parents who smoke cigarettes are far more likely to smoke themselves. People born to parents that are educated are far more likely to also graduate from college. People born into poverty are more likely to not graduate, rely on assistance, go to jail etc etc.

      I don't have much hope for Leah's future. Genetically she has MANY risk factors (obesity, mental health and addiction issues etc) and the environment she is raised in will also contribute to her future (often at a babysitters, grandma's life is unstable, Gary is unstable, her Mom has significant issues, the media is a concern, as is the media coverage of her early life...).

      I think that is why people are mad and disguested by Amber. She was given a hell of an opportunity - yes, it came with a lot of stress and scrutiny. But most teen moms that get knocked up live in poverty, (which, in my opinion, would have made her more abusive and more dependant on drugs, maybe even resorting to prostitution to pay for these things. Not to mention that without MTV's influence Amber is totally the chick that would have gotten knocked up again - she almost did even with all the coverage and advocacy she was faced with!).

      Anyways, Amber's life would have been worse in many ways without MTV, but I can also appreciate how harmful it is when people constantly tell Amber how much she sucks. It would be devistating.

      Leah would have been better off in an adoptive family. I greive for her future.

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    3. There are PLENTY of people that were raised in horrible households and had hard unstable lives. Not everyone uses that as excuse to mess up their own lives. Just imagine if the cameras had not been there. I am 99.9999% sure that things would have been even worse if there was no one there to put Amber in check. Yes I do blame her for her actions, on the other hand when that poor little girl was sitting in filth; why didn't Gary get off his fat ass and clean up? This is the reason why I believe in adoption...

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    4. i must say i don't really agree with you. there are so many people who were raised in bad households (me being one of them) my dad was an alcoholic who beat me, my brother, my sister and attempted to kill my mom numerous times. it took my mom a lot to finally leave since he threatened to kill her if she left and told her that he would kill all of us if she ever told the police. now here i am at eighteen, graduated high school last year, have a job, and awaiting to start college classes in the fall. now my sister on the other hand got addicted to prescription pills with her now ex boyfriend, and i can tell you it's not from growing up in a shitty home it's from hanging out with the wrong people and giving into peer pressure. i smoked weed and did pills with her when i was like fifteen. then i realized how disgusted i was at her when i saw her high on pills one night i stopped. then she broke up with him and stopped the pills, but became addicted to alcohol. she doesn't see it as addiction, sitting in jail right now, she still sees it as being young and having fun. there's opportunities everyday for teens/young adults to do drugs and some are smart enough to say no. it is her own decision to do the things she does and if you can't stop doing something for your kids then you're a shitty mom and don't really deserve to have a kid anyways. she has a problem and she needs help but she's quit drug programs and all that and you can't help someone unless they want to help themselves, which she clearly doesn't. i mean maybe now with jail says she wants help because jail is one of the only places where drugs aren't just right there and available all the time. my sister had to go to drug and alcohol classes and she went high everyday and laughed about it. i miss her like crazy but i'm hoping while she's in jail she'll realize she's throwing her life away and her "friends" who want to go and party all the time don't give two shits about her and she'll actually get friends who want to help better her life. i honestly believe that when you're young there is a very fine line between having fun and having a problem and so many young people don't see when they have a problem and they want to deny it and not accept help from anyone.

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    5. I agree. I also had a terrible childhood and tough life up until about a year ago (I'm 22), and I've never let that be an excuse to make bad decisions and be a bad person. I always got good grades, played sports, I've never done drugs & I don't really drink except for the odd occasion and that's just at home with my husband. I had my son at 19 and I've been there for him and cared for him every day since he was born.
      People need to accept responsibility for their actions if they really want to change.

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    6. nobody understands opiet addiction till they have been through it thereselves! so dont judge bitches unlesss youve been through it !

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  23. Be an adult and take responsibility for your own actions no one forced her to take any drugs she did that by her own account. Im sorry to blame MTV for your drug use that sounds like a coward to me. Grow up and be responsible for yourself and set a good example for your daughter!

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  24. noooooooooooooooo! its her own descisions, she is just completley messed up in the head and gary should take legal gaudian ship for now till she gets better! point blank

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  25. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS WHEN YOUR YOUNG YOU DO STUPID SHIT!! MTV IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CHOICES YOU MAKE. IT'S SAD THAT IT'S GOING 2 TAKE JAIL 2 GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. THE ONE THAT IS GOING 2 SUFFER THE MOST OUT OF ALL OF THIS IS LEAH. I HOPE THAT WHEN AMBER DOES GET OUT OF JAIL, THAT SHE SHOULD ALSO SEE A THERAPIST. I THINK SHE HAS ISSUES THAT NEED 2 BE WORKED OUT WITHIN HER SELF. WISH YOU THE BEST & GOOD LUCK 2 YOU & YOURS!

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  26. Well not many people in America take responsibility for their actions. It's McDonald's fault kids are fat its the tv fault kids are not smart....its never YOUR FAULT.

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  27. Shes blaming the show because she got caught on film..if she didn't do the show chances are she would never been caught for domestic and would probably be beating poor little leah

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  28. The truth of the matter is she's just playing the blame game! Like people who blame McDonalds for being fat. You grabbed it, you opened your damn mouth, you shoved the pill in, you swallowed. MTV had nothing to do with any part of that! Have some self-restraint.

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  29. I don't think MTV helped the problem any and made it easier for her but it is stil her fault. Addiction is an evil monster that can be hard to deal with but she should have realized she had a problem and taken action. NA is free and you can get it anywhere. If the show was making it more difficult for her she should have quit.

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  30. It sounds like Amber is just looking for someone to blame for her problems. Nobody forced her to do drugs the choice was her own. As for needing Hydrocodone after having gall bladder surgery is a little extreme. My daughter was 10 when she had her gall bladder removed and she did fine on tylenol and iboprofen. Sadly the person that is suffering the most isn't Amber or Gary,it's Leah. I just hope for Leah's sake that Amber will go to rehab, do the steps and be strong enough to stay away from the drugs for her daughter.

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    1. "It sounds like Amber is just looking for someone to blame for her problems."

      Ding ding ding! I like Amber, or at least I try to, but yeah, she and Jenelle are the Queens of blaming everything on everybody else. They don't take any responsibility for their actions. Amber is 22, Jenelle is 20. It's time to grow up.

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  31. I give her credit for owning up to her problems. It takes a lot for someone to do that, especially an addict. I hope jail works for her in the way she wants it to, sometimes there isn't any other way.

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  32. I'd really like to know what Amber, Nikkole, and others mean when they say MTV enabled them to do drugs. Do they mean the producers scored drugs for them or were somehow involved in their drug use?
    The bottom line of it all is, Amber is an adult and a mother and will continue to deal with addiction for the rest of her life. Perhaps she will get clean and go through extensive outpatient treatment while she tries to co-parent Leah and make sure Leah doesn't go down the very same path.

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  33. "Make the best of the sitution THAT HAS BEEN HANDED TO ME".

    Yes... Because it was all handed to her. She made no choices to get her to where she is now...

    She just can't take any responcibility.

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    1. I was thinking the exact same thing when she said that. It is not circumstance, it is a result of choices and actions. I really don't think she's going to get any better until she takes responsibility for her actions.

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  34. "Nikkole Paulun also claims that her boyfriend Josh was enabled to do drugs by MTV."

    Bull crap. The only one enabling that deadbeat piece of shit is YOU Nikkole.

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    1. Nikkole is really trying to get another 15 minutes of fame lately! WOW! What will she come up with next?

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  35. Was I the only one that heard when she said "the situation that has been handed to me"? Even now sitting shackled and in stripes; she can't take any kind of responsibility for her actions!!! She created her own situation. How sad this situation is. I feel no sympathy for anyone BUT her daughter.

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  36. WHERE is Amber's advocate? If she had a halfway decent attorney, she would be in a psychiatric institution right now and not prison. Clearly she has deeply rooted mental issues linked to her behavioral problems and drug addiction that need to be addressed. The fact that they put her in jail for 5 years (or however long it will actually be) at her request shows that the legal system has no interest in actually helping her. (Yes I realize she requested it, but that doesn't change the fact that it is the wrong place to get help. If someone asked you to push them off a bridge, would you do it?) Since when did it become appropriate to sentence someone to 5 years in prison for popping pills and failing to pass drug tests? There are hardened criminals that do less time than that for committing crimes that actually harm other people.

    The thing that bothers me most about this situation is that Amber seems to have no one that will stand up and say, hey, she's obviously not in her right mind asking to be sent to prison, maybe her attorney should claim insanity and get her committed to a psychiatric institution where she may actually get the medical help that she needs.

    She may make progress in prison at overcoming the addiction and eventually become a functioning member of society, but she would be better off in a place that deals with mental illness and the resulting drug addiction. She has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, has severe depression, and has attempted suicide twice and this judge put her in jail instead of getting her the mental help and treatment that she needs. I know it's not the judge's fault that Amber asked to be put in prison, but still. She needs help.

    Clearly I do not agree with the choices that she has made, but I also don't agree with the punishment that she has been given. I can't believe that Leah will have to grow up with a mother that has been in jail for several years of her life, and if Butch is any indication as to how well prison breaks addiction, this won't be her last stint, nor will it help her actually kick the addiction.

    For all of you self-righteous people that act like Amber is the worst person in the world, go kick rocks. She needs support. She doesn't seem to have parents that give a damn about her, and Gary is useless as far as helping Amber. She has no support system at all. How would any of you like to be in her position?

    The ongoing, untreated depression probably has a direct impact on her drug addiction and her inability to put the pills down. Prison doesn't seem to be the right place to put a person that has committed no crime against anyone but herself (and Gary, which is not what she is going to jail for anyway so it's irrelevant). It's not as if popping prescription pain pills is the equivalent of shooting up heroin or bath salts and maiming another person. She has only harmed herself because of her PSYCHOLOGICAL issues, and unless those are treated appropriately by trained medical personnel, she will not get better.

    So again, WHERE IS AMBER'S ADVOCATE? Am I the only one that thinks this is entirely related to her untreated mental illnesses which will continue to be improperly treated in prison? She needs someone to declare her mentally incompetent and put her in a psychiatric ward until she handles these issues. She may not like that any better than prison, but I think that will help her. If she had REAL parents and a stand up guy as her child's father, someone would have already made sure that this happened.

    I feel so unbelievably sorry for Leah. I hope that little baby girl grows up with all the love in the world, and that her and Amber can move forward in a positive direction after all of this is over.

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    1. You pointed out something I didn't even think about. They could very well get her into a psychiatric hospital to serve her time. A family member of mine worked in one. They are specifically for prisoners with mental illness that are brought there instead of prison. Honestly it would be the best thing for her!

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    2. I really think that would help her too, and it would definitely be better for Leah than seeing her mom in jail for the next couple of years.

      I wonder if they even considered it...

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    3. She is going to a treatment prison. She will be getting counselling as well as drug rehab while she is there.

      The reason she is in jail though, is because she hit Gary. Then while awaiting court and probation she was caught with pills. She also started a fit with someone at a restaurant that was saying stuff to her (while on probation.) Then when she got a second chance after she got out of jail, she couldn't pass a drug test. But the reason she was in the position at all to start with is because she hit Gary. They didn't just randomly search her for drugs one day. It is all sad anyway you look at it.

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    4. What's a treatment prison? My guess is that it's probably not staffed with highly skilled medical personnel... Plus if they're sending her to a 'treatment prison', then why wouldn't they just send her to the psych ward and be done with it?

      She's not in jail for hitting Gary (at least not anymore, I can't remember if she did time for that or not). She is going to prison for substance abuse, which in the case of Amber doesn't physically harm anyone else. Whether the incident where she hit Gary got the ball rolling or not, that's not why she's going to prison for 5 years. And I don't see how people can NOT fault MTV for the direction that Amber's life has gone since they knowingly aired her smashing Gary's face on national TV for ratings, instead of reporting the incident and requiring that she get appropriate treatment including anger management.

      It's weird because if you're watching some of the Teenmomathon...Amber doesn't seem like a psycho in the first season of Teen Mom. She seems to have deteriorated significantly while on the show. I'm not saying she wouldn't have anyway because I have no way to know that, but it's possible that she could've avoided this situation entirely and been in the right place to treat her drug addiction and mental illnesses through rehab and therapy without the show.

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  37. Good points BUT her mental illnesses are (mostly) diagnosed, which means that she was probably given meds - the question is, "Was she taking them? And if not, why not?". I again feel that this is Amber's responcibility. If she is suppose to be taking meds for her mental illness, or if they aren't working and she needs additional care, that is her problem.

    You should feel sorry for Leah. It would have been best if they had let her be adopted. That poor kid. I hope she can rise above her situation.

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  38. Yes I think you're right that it's her responsibility, but at the same time, she may not have sound judgment if she's not on the pills. A lot of people stop taking those drugs because they make them feel weird. A friend of mine in college was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, and she avoided taking her meds all the time. She was admitted to a psychiatric facility after she lost it while she wasn't on the meds. Amber needs psychiatric care, not a bottle of pills that supposedly takes all of her problems away. I think one of the main reasons that people don't make good progress with their mental illnesses is because people think they can medicate it and all of the problems disappear. That's just not true. Amber needs to be in therapy and have someone that cares about her making sure she's taking her medicine everyday. She needs to deal with the underlying cause and not just treat the symptoms with medication. She's in prison for popping pills...so I don't think that's the best way to get her back on track.

    Leah is the one that suffers because Amber is in prison. Amber made the choice, so ultimately Leah might grow up feeling abandoned and insecure. It's devastating that she will have to grow up without a mother and with Gary as a father. I know a lot of people have all sunshine and roses to say about Gary, but he's a known partier and puts Leah off on his mom or other people all the time. With all that is going on with Leah's mother, Gary should put his partying to the side and stay with Leah as much as possible. She needs stability and love. She needs to feel secure, and I agree that adoption would have been the best choice.

    But as it is, Leah will be visiting the local prison to see her mom for the next 2-5 years. And Amber may still come out screwed up and unable to properly care for Leah because she hasn't fixed her issues. I really feel for Leah and wish that Amber had made better decisions for her daughter.

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  39. Maybe you don't understand a addiction to opiates is basically the same as heroin, in fact most heroin users start with pills, and most have a mental disorder of some kind, I am bi polar, and have been addicted to pills, thank god I got my life back, but I had a few close calls with the law, the law is much more strict when it comes to prescription drugs, because of the crime and over dose rate has skyrocketed, she refused treatment and she is too old to b forced into a mental institution, and she asked to be put in prison, she knows she'll be out way b4 5 years, she already has some time served , then any programs she does will knock time off, she will probably be out in a year to two at max....I'm a mom, I would never pick prison over rehab, I would never want my child to see me in prison, and I could not bear the thought of not seeing my child.......poor leah

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  40. "I'm a mom, I would never pick prison over rehab, I would never want my child to see me in prison, and I could not bear the thought of not seeing my child."

    I'm a mom too and feel the same way. That's why I think Amber's mental illnesses are causing her to make decisions that she wouldn't normally make. I don't think a sane person would make that decision, not for themselves or for their daughter, which is why she needs to be in a place that can facilitate her recovery.

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  41. it's really sad to see her wasting her life and missing out on all of her little girls child hood she's not in a very good place now as from what i know you can get more drug's in prison than outside i wish her the best and hope she's gets her head sorted and lives a very happy healthy life! xx love from Dublin Ireland xx

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  42. I don't think it's a selfish decision she's made. It's a last resort to get clean. Other celebs have been actually sent to prison and say it saved their lives. She's been an addict since 13, but why then did she decide to do both 16 & Pregnant AND Teen Mom? That was a bad decision. I feel really sorry for Leah, but how can Amber be a good mom and be suffering so much from addiction? The only reason people care is because she's a reality star. If she was just a girl in a little town in Indiana, no one would say she's being selfish.
    Jamie is right. She got meds back when Teen Mom started to calm her down and that could trigger an addiction. Most meds like Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax etc..are just as addictive. This is why most doctors will not prescribe it, or will only prescribe it in small doses.
    Before you judge her for being "selfish" or how she blames MTV, remember she has the brain of an addict. She's just now clear minded about her addiction. If you guys don't believe MTV is enabling drug use, look at the Jersey Shore. Look at Mike's addiction problems. Look at the rest of the train wrecks on MTV drinking heavily and the only reason the drug use isn't visible is because MTV just doesn't air it.

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  43. Amber really should do the responcible thing and get her tubes tied. She will most likely always struggle with mental illness and addiction issues, and both of these have genetic components. Some people shouldn't breed, and Amber and Gary are near the top of the list.

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  44. NO THE SHOW HAD NOTHINGTO DO WITH IT! MY OPINION SHE SEEN HER SELF ON TV AND WANTED ATTENTION AND DID ALL SHE DID TO LOOK GOOD BUT IN REALITY IN PUT HER IN JAIL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO LEAH WHO HAS TO GROW UP WITH OUT A MOTHER. =(

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  45. I feel sorry for her and her child, People dont say I WANT TO BE AN ADDICT and I want to destroy and hurt my childs life! if people could help theirself while addicted then they would not be any addicts or such thing as addiction and she has mental problems her mind does not think like someone who hasnt got mental problems she was sick long before the show came along, the show just didnt help with all the backlash who wants to go to prison REALLY? thats tells you she aint thinking right, the girl just got caught up lost control and when help finally came it was too late and gone to far, a person can be their own worste enemy and how people judge her I'm sure she judge herself 10 times worse when she was alone, all we know of her is what the show chose to put on there which was all bad so to say she deserves this or judge her so quickly tells us why she is where shes at, alot of us would be in the same shape if we didnt have support of our family, its awful to hear and read whats been said about this girl after she tried takin her life twice that we know of, she hates herself bad enough so everyone else hating on her is even worste

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  46. Keep your legs closed . hopefully she NEVER has anymore children cause this one is gonna be messed up as it is, unless someone can help that baby, not turn in to its ''mother''. Oh and MTV is to blame for all these teenyboopers gonna out and having UPROTCETED Sex as well huh? SMDH gimmie a break!!!

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  47. lifes all about choices people make mistakes hopefully u learn from them...life goes on

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  48. I have mixed feelings. I truly fill if she didn't do the show a lot of stuff would of happened differanty. Ya have to think they where filming them 24/7 and cause of that ya saw the bad and good,mostly bad in ambers case. I really fill its a catch 22 they say there doing this to protect leah but taking away her mother is only going to further this little girls heart ache. Instead of focasing on the drug issue and throughing her in prison they sould be focasing on her mentail health issues and making sure those are truly addressed and treated. You can't blame an addict for being an addict you are born like that and there's no cure or treament besides not using and belive me its harder then it sounds. Leave this poor girl alones she's been through enouph and calling her a drug addict peace of shit mother is only going to make her mental state worse. She obsiley loves her daughterand trys her best what the world needs to do is back the fuck off.

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    1. I can't believe you people that are saying that being an addict is a choice...NO ONE chooses to become an addict...I have health problems that keep me in pain 24/7 even with my medication that is prescribed to me by my doctor...I have been on heavy doses of narcotics for YEARS now...I suffer from severe anxiety and depression which I'm also medicated for...I don't see myself as an addict, however, without my medication I would be sick as a dog from detoxing...so, because of that fact, I guess you uneducated people would consider me an addict...my body does depend on these medications but without them I would not be able to function at all...at least with my pain medications, I can somewhat function because they ease my pain...NO ONE CHOOSES TO BE AN ADDICT...its people like the uneducated jackasses that have commented that make addiction harder to deal with...for those of us that NEED the medication because of health problems, the uneducated jackasses need to watch where they point their fingers...GOD forbid one day one of you judgmental assholes get hurt or sick and have chronic pain and NEED pain medication just to be able to ease the pain enough so you can function...then YOU WILL BE AN ADDICT and realize that its NOT by choice...its truly an illness that some people need help for...who are ANY OF US TO JUDGE??? There is ONLY ONE TRUE JUDGE SO STFU AND WAIT YOUR TURN...we will ALL have our judgment day, so don't try to play God...

      ***ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME***

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