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Amber Portwood admits that even after learning her lesson with a 17-month prison sentence, staying sober has been a tough internal fight in the months since.

The Teen Mom star, whose book Never Too Late comes out next week, battled her addiction to prescription drugs while locked up, and the battle continues.

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Amber Portwood's makeover looks pretty great. At least compared to her mug shot chic look of the past.

“I didn’t realize when I did get out that I would have even more temptation out here than I would in there,” she says. “I had to prepare myself for that.”

It's true. By definition, freedom to make your own decisions - good or bad - greatly increases on the outside, as she learned the first DAY she got out.

“The first day I was out ... whenever things are overwhelming for me, or any sort of emotion - sadness, depression, anything - it is very easy to go back."

Drugs sound good, she says, because "you don’t want to feel that way ... you just have to stay strong and remember what you’re doing and move forward.”

Amber Portwood said she prepped herself for the struggle ahead, no matter how strong the temptations are, and she is bent on making this work.

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The original Teen Mom is coming back! Well, three-quarters of it, anyway.

Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, and Amber Portwood are officially returning for Season 5 of the MTV reality show in 2015, according to Us Weekly.

Not coming back with them, despite ending her feud with Catelynn last week? The infamous Backdoor Teen Mom star and restaurateur Farrah Abraham.

Teen Mom Cast Title Card

The trio reportedly refused to film again if their infamous fourth cast member was included, and MTV fired Farrah Abraham from Teen Mom as a result.

Abraham will tell you she wanted to part ways with the show anyway, but she'll spin any story any way she wants depending on which way the wind blows.

She's also very possibly an actual escort in her spare time.

Not a lot of credibility to what she says in other words, but that's neither here nor there. As for Maci, Catelynn, and Amber, a lot has changed for all three since 2012.

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Teen Mom stars Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley are back in the news over an alleged feud, but for once, they may actually be on the same side.

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Ambs has been clean, sober and staying out of trouble after her November release from state prison, but that doesn't mean she's been drama free.

The 23-year-old mother of Leah, 5, had a run-in with baby daddy Gary’s ex, Kristina Anderson, at an open house at her new school earlier this week.

After attending Pendleton, Indiana’s East Elementary School ice cream social with little Leah, “Gary and Amber seemed to be having a heated conversation."

“Amber had her arm crossed. She definitely didn’t look happy.”

It wasn't a fight with Gary that set Amber Portwood off, though. Just yards away, people saw Anderson crying on a bench with her mother and daughter, Karly:

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Earlier this week, after Nick Viall broke the underwritten Bachelorette rule of bringing up the Fantasy Suite on live television, Bob Beckel of Fox News made his feelings on Andi Dorfman clear.

"She's a slut!" the chauvinistic idiot screamed, explaining that Dorfman slept with one guy and didn't "tell the other guy about it."

The outburst made us wonder how Beckel would categorize male stars of The Bachelor who do the same exact thing every season - and also made us think back to many other instances where the S-Word got tossed around in a shameful manner.

Is Miley Cyrus a slut because of how she dresses and dances? Does the Farrah Abraham sex tape make its lead actress a slut? And should you ever really refer to your baby mama as a slut?

All profound questions. All worth pondering as you browse through the following slut-based celebrity scandals, starting with Beckel's buffoonery:

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Andi Dorfman was called a slut on Fox News this week. Seriously. Watch the insulting clip.

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Former Teen Mom star Amber Portwood is out of prison and off the air, but she's still got a lot of her story to tell, and is doing it with an explosive new book.

Amber's tell all Never Too Late opens up about her rise to fame and fall from grace, her stint in an Indiana prison and her life since her release.

Amber Portwood Book Cover

The book will be released August 26, and Portwood told Radar she chose a selfie for the cover because it was symbolic of all she'd been through:

“I wanted to incorporate a selfie onto the Never Too Late book cover because I thought it was symbolic of the journey I had to take when writing the book.”

“In writing this book I had to step back and really take a look at my actions and life both before and after my jail time,” the 24-year-old added.

Also, “the selfie has become so mainstream that everyone can relate to it and my story and journey is one that a lot of people can relate to."

Amber Portwood, Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell and Farrah Abraham were the original four stars of Teen Mom. All have had their issues since.

No one can quite top Amber's problems with domestic violence, drugs, rehab, and hard core state prison while starring on the hit MTV show, however.

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Amber Portwood, one of MTV's original Teen Mom cast members, reveals that she never got along with her notorious co-star Farrah Abraham. At all.

Both reality stars gained quite a bit of notoriety from the popular show, and since, with Amber doing hard time and Farrah doing a hard ... James Deen.

When they would meet at reunion specials? TENSION.

Portwood, who was recently released from prison, sat down with Life & Style and explained the nature of her turbulent relationship with Farrah Abraham.

"We hated each other for a long time," she said.

"Behind the scenes at reunions, there were incidents where things got heated. Nobody was backing down. We both at the time had some huge attitudes."

But the bitterness has since subsided, at least.

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Amber Portwood recently offered some tough love advice for fellow troubled Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans, and the latter didn't take too kindly to it.

Amber Portwood ... I never judged u or said one negative thing since u have been out of jail ... Why start with me? Can’t be happy I suppose,” Evans hit back.

“I love how I look towards more of the positive side of things, yet ex teen moms want to try to bring me down. It’s sad, focus on yourself,” she lamented.

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Jenelle, who is pregnant with her second child, this time by Nathan Griffith, believes she's got it together these days ... way more than Farrah Abraham in fact.

Yet given that we're still talking about Jenelle, the consensus is that she's still an emotional basket case and a loose cannon with a tenuous grip on reality.

As such, Portwood blasted Evans’ alleged drug use during her pregnancy and believed she could benefit from being locked up, just like she was.

“As scary as it seems, it would change her life for the better,” Amber said.

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Amber Portwood is out of jail, on the straight and narrow and speaking out about her experiences, as well as other Teen Mom alumni she feels are headed for trouble.

COUGH ... Jenelle. Cough. Jenelle Evans. Cough, cough!

In an interview with In Touch, Amber shared her advice for Jenelle, whom she fears might follow in her dark footsteps and wind up in a very bad place.

She hasn't hit rock bottom ... yet. But she's at risk.

"She went down the exact path I did: unplanned pregnancy, addiction, bad relationships, having custody taken away," Amber says of Jenelle Evans.

"But it’s never too late for Jenelle to turn her life around. Jenelle hasn’t hit rock bottom yet. But if her rock bottom is lower than mine, that makes me scared for her."

Amber Portwood, for all she's done very, very wrong, seems to own it 100 percent these days, openly acknowledging the myriad mistakes she's made.

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Three months after Amber Portwood got out of prison, she's sober and savoring her hard-fought sobriety, but admits she still wants to get high sometimes.

In a chilling scene on her MTV special Being Amber, she revealed that “I’m always gonna want to get high,” just like she "always" was on Teen Mom.

“I’ve f--king been wanting to get high all day, since I woken [sic] up this morning,” the mother of five-year-old daughter Leah says. “I swear to god.”

Despite getting sober in prison, where she spent the previous 17 months, she says that staying clean on the outside is much harder than she’d expected.

“Being free is so much different than being in prison and being sober,” Amber Portwood said, adding that every single passing day, “It’s just so hard!”

“I’m always gonna have triggers. I’m always gonna wanna get high. That’s never gonna go away. My best way to cope right now is hanging out with family.”

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Like her former co-star Farrah Abraham, Amber Portwood was the focal point of an hour-long Teen Mom special presentation last night on MTV.

Both reality stars have struggled and experienced their ups and downs, but few celebrities - or people in general - have hit the lows Amber experienced.

Portwood was famously hit with a five-year prison sentence following a series of drug-related arrests and failure to get clean as part of her probation.

After 17 months behind bars, she's out. But what's life like these days for her?

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When talking with her family about her time in prison, Portwood was honest.

"It's been a year and a half of hell," she says, looking back on her incarceration. "It was really bad. But I worked on myself and worked to make myself better."

As for reuniting with her daughter Leah after spending that long locked up?

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Amber Portwood Biography

Amber and Leah (Teen Mom) Amber Portwood is a star on MTV's Teen Mom. She is the mother of Leah Leann Shirley, whose father is Gary Shirley, Amber's on-off fiance... More »
Birthplace
Anderson, Indiana
Full Name
Amber Portwood
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