Amber Portwood just breaks my heart. Amber recently returned to prison to serve out the remainder of her original five year sentence. Amber was originally enrolled in a state funded drug rehabilitation program in lieu of serving time but she decided to leave the program and spend the rest of her time behind bars.
Well, Amber is speaking out about what led to her decision – and tragically it was a suicide attempt. Amber claims she became so depressed in her drug treatment program she over-dosed on pills and decided the program wasn’t for her, opting instead for a jail term.
This isn’t the first suicide attempt by the Teen Mom star. She attempted suicide last year and and announced that she had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
Speaking to Good Morning America from jail, Amber explained the circumstances. “I had taken 30 Suboxone [a drug used to treat opioid addictions] within 3 days. The depression took over. I would take 4 or 5 at a time.”
Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, who recently stated she was planning to enter treatment made good on her word, as sources confirm she has recently checked into rehab for unspecified reasons.
According to E! News, Amber, who attempted suicide just two weeks ago, has entered a fancy-smancy rehab facility in where else – Malibu.
In fact, helping to confirm the reports of Amber’s rehab entry were facebook posts from Amber’s own fame-seeking brother, Shawn Portwood: “Best wishes to my sister while in rehab. For everyone who might not know, it is not for drugs btw,” as Shawn makes sure to point out his sister’s rehab stay is not for illegal substances. Amber recently came forward admitting she suffers from bi-polar disorder which may help to explain some of her actions.
According to a friend of Amber who followed up on brother Shawn’s FB post, things are going well for her since going to treatment and she is headed in a positive direction: “I talked to her last night and she sounds amazing and positive! She has a great support system that stands beside her and are supporting her in this life changing journey.” Amber will reportedly remain in rehab for 30 – 60 days.
The article does not give information on who is providing for Amber’s two-year old daughter, Leah while she is in treatment, but it has been reported that Gary Shirley now has custody of her.
In other Teen Mom Rehab stories, Jenelle Evans has finished her stint in a Malibu rehab facility following reports of out-control partying and fighting, plus multiple arrests. In a RadarOnline interview, Jenelle’s attorney, Dustin R.T. Sullivan reveals what’s next for his client: “She’s back home in North Carolina and started class at Cape Fear Community College on Wednesday. She’s taking American History and a math course. She wants to finish the two year program with an Associate’s Degree and then get her Bachelor’s Degree from UNCW (University of North Carolina Wilmington).”
As for her terror-relationship with on-off boyfriend, Kieffer Delp, they are NOT together (good!) but according to Jenelle’s lawyer: “They may still communicate, but as far as I know they aren’t together.”
Adding that she apparently learned the concept of “planning for the future,” Jenelle is applying for jobs, other than reality TV star, so she can provide extra income for her son with whom she has been recently reunited. Jenelle herself explained her goals in an interview, stating: “In 10 years I see myself living in a decent house with a decent car and with Jace and married to a man that deserves me and my family. I also see myself with a career as a film editor.”
Best of luck to Amber, Janelle, and their kiddies – they’ll need it! Hopefully this is the fresh start they both need, because it would be nice for MTV to chronicle Teen Mom success stories for a change!
Do you think Amber will straighten out? Do you think Janelle is a changed woman after rehab? Will you be watching the upcoming season of Teen Mom?
Amber, 21, gave an interview to Star magazine in their current issue, during which she revealed her plans to check into a California rehab center to get the help and support she needs.
“I am going to rehab for anger control issues and depression,” Amber tells Star. “I’m on medication at the moment to help me just relax. I’m getting the help I need from friends, family and counseling.”
When asked why she tried to take her own life, Amber had a hard time answering that question. “I’m in a vulnerable state right now, and I know people want a lot of answers. Unfortunately, I don’t have those answers yet, and I’m working on myself to get them,” Amber admits, adding that rehab is something she needs “to do to get better.”
So how is Amber doing today while she awaits rehab? “Before I go to California, I’m pursuing help with a psychiatrist,” Amber states. “I’m stable, doing OK and getting the help I need.” She adds that her daughter Leah is keeping her strong.
The suicide attempt occurred on June 14 after Amber suspected her boyfriend Gary Shirley had been cheating on her. She told Gary she planned to take her life, leading to a 911 call from Gary. She was then taken to an Indiana hospital and put under a 72-hour hold. There are reports that cops found her with a rope around her neck, and that she had also taken some pills.
Meanwhile, RadarOnline reports there was a review this Wednesday regarding the custody arrangement between Amber and Gary, and no changes were made. Gary reportedly has primary custody while “Amber has supervised visits once a week.”
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It is however her shocking revelation last summer, which managed to fly under the radar for some reason, that is making headlines today. See last summer Amber, 21, revealed to PEOPLE magazine that she has bipolar disorder – a condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood.
“I take medication,” she said to PEOPLE at the time. “I haven’t [taken] anything today. Am I acting crazy? This is me though, and I like it.”
Amber revealed she was diagnosed back in 2008 after a going through a very depressing time following the birth of her daughter Leah. And despite admitting her disorder, Amber expressed doubts that the diagnosis was accurate. “I don’t think I’m bipolar, to be honest with you,” she said. “I’m just really outgoing. I think everybody thinks they’re bipolar these days. You’re a teenager, you have hormones. You’re gonna switch up every two seconds!”
Sources however add that Amber has been in therapy for two years.
Meanwhile, Amber’s on-off boyfriend Gary Shirley tweeted yesterday that Amber is doing better. “Amber is safe and getting the help she needs right now. Thanks for your prayers and support,” wrote Gary.
And more details are also now coming out about Tuesday’s events as it appears Gary also called 911 after Amber threatened to harm herself. She apparently thought he was cheating on her.
In the 911 call, Gary begged the cops to check on Amber stating she told him “she’s going to hang herself.” Gary added, “I just spoke with my girlfriend and she had said something to me … said she’s having a hard time with her life … call the police, they can find my body in the garage.”
As of today, Amber is still being evaluated at St. John’s Hospital in Indiana with a source stating that Gary visited her briefly on Tuesday afternoon. Amber’s hospitalization makes sense as those who threaten or attempt suicide are kept under a 72-hour hold.
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UPDATE - Amber has now been released from the hospital, three days after her reported suicide attempt.
A bit of sad news to report today as Teen Mom star Amber Portwood is currently hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt which is now being confirmed by the Anderson Indiana Police Department.
According to a report by Star magazine via RadarOnline, Amber, 21, was rushed to a hospital emergency room after being found unconscious in her home with a rope around her neck. The just released police report states she “was depressed and threatening to end her life.”
Sources reveal that Amber, who is currently being treated at St. Johns Hospital in Anderson, Indiana, was found this noon and later admitted to hospital staffers that she had taken a cocktail of pills.
Gary Shirley, Amber’s on-off-on-again boyfriend and father of her 2-year-old daughter Leah, was the one who sent his mother to check up on her after he became increasingly concerned about her state of mind following a phone conversation.
Gary’s mom called the cops who ultimately discovered Amber unconscious on a couch. “It’s believed she may have taken an overdose of some kind of pill,” the source reveals. “She also may have tried to tie a piece of rope or string around her neck.”
Star is also reporting that Amber has since regained consciousness and has been stabilized since her admittance to the emergency room.
The timing of this apparent suicide attempt is a bit surprising since Amber just received a light sentence days ago for her domestic violence case involving Gary. A search for Amber’s official twitter page shows it has been deleted though it was still up and running on June 7th.
And just moments ago, Gary made the following tweets which seem to insinuate that Amber’s suicide attempt might have been over him –
“Never cheated on Amber.. She may have thought I did, but haven’t. I will always love and respect her even if we aren’t together.”
“Due to recent events, it was best that Amber delete her Twitter.. Appreciate all those who continue to support.”