Amber Portwood Chooses Prison Over Her Child

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Media coverage surrounding Amber Portwood's decision to go to prison because she can't hack it in rehab has more or less ignored one key component:

Her daughter, Leah.

The Teen Mom star was sentenced to five years in prison last week after she dropped out of a drug-treatment program the court ordered her to complete.

She could've toughed it out, though; Portwood is off to prison because she felt rehab was simply too hard and thinks going to jail is the only way to get clean.

Amber Portwood in Jail

Portwood said in her jailhouse interview last week that an overdose drove her to take the five-year sentence - handed down because of her repeated drug arrests, but initially suspended pending completion of the program.

The saddest part of this saga, which has become an afterthought, is that she effectively chose to be locked up and away from her three-year-old girl.

With the final season of Teen Mom starting tomorrow, this is unlikely to be swept under the rug any longer. The premiere shows Amber going to rehab.

In the second episode, she's in treatment and thinks she's making some real progress, making her downward spiral even more depressing to endure.

Maybe Gary Shirley having custody of Leah isn't the worst thing, but why would you choose to go to prison and not be a part of your child's life?

Like everything else in Amber's world, it defies comprehension.

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AMBER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AMBER!!!!!!!Not Gary he didn't make Amber hit him. Ladies we can't have it both ways. I watched all 4 seasons of Teen Mom and on 99% of them Amber either looked or was HIGH!!!! So Gary can't be the blame for her down fall. Unless he had a gun up to her head a was saying the following things.
1. DO DRUGS
2. NEGLECT OUR CHILD
3. HIT ME? I LIKE IT?
4-100. DO DRUGS DO DRUGS
I DIDN' T SEE THAT ON ANY ESPISODES.
And for those women saying it is all Gary faught think about this. IF HE HAD HIT AMBER BACK AFTER HITTING HIM OVER AND OVER? WOULD IT HAVE BEEN AMBER'S FAUGHT?

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Maybe just maybe she did the unselfish thing and went to prison bc she realized she was a danger to her daughter and herself. Maybe she realized that she's doing right by her daughter and taking responsibility for her actions and recognizing she's not strong enough to do it by herself. Maybe just maybe, she recognizes that she's better off in a jail cell then o.d.ed on her living room floor. Has anyone been raised by drug/alcohol addicted parents? most children that are pray their parent would go to jail and get straight bc its better than the alternative. Good job Amber!

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Honestly idk why these teen moms make it seem like it's so tough to be a mother at an early age. When you become a mother you get the strength to be the best person you can be for your child! No you do not need a man just so you can have a family that is simply an excuse! If you care more about having a guy than having a stable home with just you and your child then you have some serious issues and you need to sit down take a second to get your priorities straight.

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Honestly she should've have stayed in rehab because when Leah is older she might be one those responsible women hiding the fact that her own Mother hurt her and wasn't there for childhood (the worst part to miss in a kids life). Its gonna suck for Leah in the future, the poor girl. But... I kinda understand Amber a lot of people stress her out! And they have to be careful about what they say around her so she doesn't get pissed. I mean Amber shouldn't be taking all the blame, but she should take the majority of it. Deep inside I'm sure she loves Leah more than anything, she just needs to time to start being a better Mother because no matter what people she IS LEAH'S MOTHER and not even the court can biologically take that away from her.

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She is a terrible mother!! She always dumps off her daughter, and when she does have her, you can tell she's high cause she won't even get off the damn couch! No, she clearly NEVER wanted to be a mother. And Gary tries to love her, but is equally as worthless. And whoever said "so what if she cusses at gary.", did you not know she actually hit him? Thats called assault. And no, khadeja or whatever your name is, I will NEVER be in her position. Cause when I had a baby at 16, I grew the eff up and became a mom!! I don't smoke or drink or do drugs, cause I have a 3 year old to think about!!

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I am still a supporter for Amber. Yes Gay was a problem for Her . He did say and do stuff on the low to Her that pissed me off and then act like he an ángel. He did make it hard for he to see leah . Amber got to get strong. Just dont try to have a relationship with Gary anymore.

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For Kadee.....j or whatever none of us would be in that losers shoes. Are you friends with her? I mean I enjoy the show because I love watching train wrecks unravel and self implode on tv. That's why we all watch it and she is the worst kind of person; selfish and STUPID! I don't mean like "man, you are stupid!" I mean can't get a GED hasn't yet grasped 5th grade English. The saddest reality is that Gary is a waste of space too but a far superior option for Leah than bet fat dumb worthless ass! Fact! Hooray reality TV and the trash it produces!

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Quite frankly amber disgusts me, she is a horrible mother, and was high WHILE in REHAB lol give us a break, its sad but she has destroyed her life and one dayy her daughter will see what her mother was really like, and its not gonna be pretty

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Shame on Dr. Drew and MTV for glamorizing Amber's stint, thus far, in rehab while she is clearly high..... No, I'm sorry... she's not high, she's taking her "medication" responsibly while under the supervision of a licensed physician! Does anyone out there think that it is "normal" to close your eyes and bob your head while talking to someone (all the time), or are we supposed to accept that she is medicated and that this is normal behavior of anyone taking medicine?! Is her doctor prescribing xanax and alcohol?! Anything for ratings.... You go MTV/Dr. Drew! Also, why is it hard for people to grasp that maybe, just maybe, Amber does not want to be a mom anymore! Maybe, she never wanted to be a mom but she got caught up in the "glamour" of it all with being on TV and then reality hit the "reality star" and now the "real Amber" is rearing her ugly self! Hmmmm? Gives one something to think about!

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Shame on Dr. Drew and MTV for glamorizing Amber's stint, thus far, in rehab while she is clearly high..... No, I'm sorry... she's not high, she's taking her "medication" responsibly while under the supervision of a licensed physician! Does anyone out there think that it is "normal" to close your eyes and bob your head while talking to someone (all the time), or are we supposed to accept that she is medicated and that this is normal behavior of anyone taking medicine?! Is her doctor prescribing xanax and alcohol?! Anything for ratings.... You go MTV/Dr. Drew!