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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"No brainers"...you obviously didn't read your comment before posting. You'd realize how big of a "no brainer" you sounded like.

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You all are heartless bitches judgemental little twits no brainers air heads why would u be so mean and cold to someone who is going through so much so what if she cussis at her baby's father! You don't know what happened to amber before the show what made her what she is she isn't a bad mother she's trying to be the best she can be u don't know shit about her or her story the only thing is what u see on t.v and magazine covers u don't know the behind the secens so shut ur dirty traps and let her be imagin it was u in her shoes really fear karmer oneday that might be u in Ambers shoes u won't like it if people are talking smack about u will u??? Don't think sooo!

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She is worthless!! why is she considered a star? she has been useless on the show since day one!

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BOTTOM LINE: WHEN SHE FOUND OUT SHE WAS PREGNANT SHE SHOULD HAVE GROWN THE FUCK UP & NOT STARTED USING DRUGS IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

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BOTTOMLINE: WHEN SHE FOUNDOUT SHE WAS PREGNANT SHE SHOULD HAVE GROWN THE FUCK UP & NOT STARTED USING DRIGS IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

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FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE LEAVING COMMENTS THAT HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT, PONDER THIS ONE... I WAS IN PRISON FOR 6MOS BECAUSE OF A DRUG ADDICTION. THAT WAS 9 YEARS AGO. I HAVEN'T USED SINCE THE DAY I WAS RELEASED. I AM IN SCHOOL FOR PSYCHIATRY SPECIALIZING IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE. EVEN THOUGH 5YEARS IS A LITTLE EXTREME OVER REHAB, I DON'T THINK THAT WAS HER REASON FOR DOING WHAT SHE DID. I THINK IT WAS DEPRESSION AND DESPAIR.

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I was in Prison for almost 3 years, I had prescription meds without prescription. The answer is Yes! U can get most drugs while in Prison, Im not sayin its easy, but once U meet the right people--all U need is $$$. Unfortunately 4 Amber, the Strongest drug available is (H) Heroin. Its also one of the cheapest. Once ur on H, Forget it. It seems 2 me, the wrong couple gave their kid up 4 adoption, It should've bin Gary & Amber. Someone should ask the nice couple that adopted, if they wouldnt mind swaping Baby Carly for Leah. Carly could go back 2 Catelynn & Tyler.

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I can not believe some of the comments that I have read. I think that her battle with addiction is a tough road and sacrifising herself to jail was her decision, not a selfish one as some of you may think. Getting clean is a tough and rough thing. I commend her for knowing what she can and can not handle. This is a decision well made for her and her daughter as the decision for afoption was right for Tyler and Catelynn. Remember no one has to like anyone but the truth of the matter is that this is not your journey.....

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I don't feel sorry for that dumb bitch. She deserves to go rot in jail after all she's done do destroy her family. I actually laughed when I found out she was going to jail. It's truly hilarious. That bitch deserves everything that's happened to her. :)

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Amber is not even a good mom for leah because she is always yelling at Gary in front of her always cussing and what not she is the dumbest lady why would she even be in Teen Mom and seriously? Its better if Gary has custody of Leah and Amber Shouldn't not even when she gets out because maybe when she is out she might be usuing those drugs again you never know!

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