Amber Portwood Speaks Out From Prison: “I Miss Leah A Lot”

Teen Mom star Amber Portwood insists that her first priority is sobriety and her 3-year-old daughter Leah. The troubled reality star issued a statement from prison to coincide with the reunion special that aired Tuesday night on MTV with Dr. Drew.

“Right now I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life,” Amber stated. “I guess I just got lost. I went to jail because I had an addiction to opiates. You live and you learn. and that’s real. It’s time for me to stop partying and realize that even though I’m 21, I’m not a normal 21-year-old — I’m a mother. Which means I have to grow up quicker and start acting like a mother.”

Following is Amber’s statement in its entirety:

“I miss Leah a lot. She’s a little mini-me. I see pictures of her and I think about where I went wrong and how I can fix it so she can be proud of me.

As for Gary, I know that he’s a good dad. I hope he finds happiness, even if it’s not with me. I know we probably won’t get back together. He has too many insecurities when it comes to our relationship but I hope that one day we can have a good relationship between us and Leah.

Right now my No. 1 priority in life is dedicating my life to being sober, to being a sober person. And to show my daughter that people make mistakes but you can always come back. If Leah learns anything from me she should see how becoming a teen mom can change you. How everything is postponed.

I made the show for a reason…some decisions change your whole life. If you don’t want to take responsibility and use protection, then don’t have sex. One night can change your whole life into a sad story.

I hope people look at my story and say, ‘That’s not the way I want to go.’ I know everybody looks at me as a mean person who cusses and hits people, but that’s not me. That’s just what I had to go through to grow up and learn.

I want to show everybody that I can do it and I can start living a straight life and getting my family back in order.”

What do you think of Leah’s statement from prison?


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  1. denise

    Maybe if you really cared about your child you would have done any therapy or anything that the courts wanted you to do to have a relationship and contact with Leah. Your addiction to opiates and occassionally bad relationships with men other than her father was neglectful on your part. Get it together. You are a mother. As for Gary he needs to grow up too.You are parents and Leah is beautful.

  2. Louise

    I think being a mother brings out the best in her. She’s genuinely sweet to her daughter. Hopefully this love will give her the strenght to work on her anger issues.

    • Jen

      Her on camera reaction to Leah only to elicit sympathy for herself. Amber loves Leah in the only way she knows how, but unfortunitly it isn’t the kind of warm love many mothers feel. I think she does the best she can with what she knows. She is a product of how she was rasied. Her moods are manic and she is all over the place. She needs some serious help from someone who can tell her “no”. She needs to be ordered into treatment with one therapist, someone she can’t walk away from when they say something she doesn’t like. To Amber difficult emotion=run away, they need to remove her ability to run and show her that she can feel emotion and she can work through it.

  3. Jen

    Amber is a product of how she was raised, should she choose not to end that disfunctional cycle she will also be choosing the consequences. Opiates are a nasty addiction and can change your whole brain chemistry, I hope the correctional facility she is in has a good drug addiction program.
    Having watched the show, seeing Amber at the “pamper me” addiction center, it was clear that her only coping method is to make her self cry to elicit sympathy and when that doesn’t work her escalation to physical/verbal tempertantrum happens in warp speed. Her problem’s didn’t happen over night and they won’t change over night, however with out some serious acknowledgement of responsibility on her part, she won’t change. Even in her statement she says Gary is to insecure about their relationship and that why it won’t work. Really? Time to step up to the plate Amber, look in the mirror, change begins within.
    DBT therapy would be a good route for her and also some tough love…

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