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‘Teen Mom’ star Amber Portwood on her battle with drugs and depression
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‘Teen Mom’ star Amber Portwood on her battle with drugs and depression

Reality TV star Amber Portwood, known for her role in hit TV series “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom,” has had a long stint with substance abuse and legal battles, including a 17-month prison sentence. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a long time ago and later with borderline personality disorder in 2016. Talking about her mental health struggles, she recently admitted that her life stops when she is depressed as there is no getting out of it. A self-declared party girl, Portwood has gone through a lot and is now struggling to feel better.

Being embarrassed about her mental health struggles coupled with the fear of being misjudged, she tried to keep her battle a secret. However, watching and hearing people open up about their struggles, Portwood gathered the courage to share her feelings. Earlier, the reality star credited her daughter Leah and her ex-fiancé Matt Baier to be a huge support during her darkest days; she now credits her present boyfriend Andrew Glennon for “getting her out of her depression mode.”

Jail time turned out to be a boon

Diagnosed with anxiety, bipolar and borderline personality disorder, the “Teen Mom” star has also struggled with substance abuse. Her tryst with drugs started soon after giving birth to her daughter. What initially led her astray was the prescription of Klonopin to relieve her post-birth anxiety.

She was later prescribed opiates to treat Scoliosis that she never really got checked. Soon, her addiction got out of control. For Portwood, her jail time helped her get out of the mess and change for better. Since her stint in prison, she has remained sober. The MTV personality has often accused her mental illnesses to be responsible for her self-medication. Explaining her drug use, Portwood confessed to being high the entire time she filmed “Teen Mom”. She also revealed having abused the deadly opioid fentanyl while in rehab.

Portwood was sentenced to five-year prison time on charges of drug possession in December 2011. Her early release from prison was made possible due to her good behavior and participation in substance abuse programs.

Need of integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders

Dual diagnosis is a term used for someone suffering from a mental illness and substance use problem simultaneously. While co-occurring disorders are certainly serious, they can be most effectively treated through an integrated treatment methodology. Sovereign Health of Arizona is a women-only rehab offering female patients an integrated treatment for multiple mental health disorders, substance abuse-related problems and dual diagnosis. Our women’s dual diagnosis treatment centers offer a safe and secure environment to help women rebuild their lives in the healthiest way possible.

In addition to offering all our women patients with clinically proven treatment options, we provide them numerous other recovery programs along with experiential treatments and continuing care. Our multidisciplinary treatment team of physicians, therapists, dietitians and other professionals impart necessary life skills to our patients to prepare them for a life outside rehab. For more information on our evidence-based women’s dual diagnosis treatment programs, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with a representative.

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