‘Teen Mom’ Amber Portwood Admits Suicide Attempt: ‘Depression Took Over’ (VIDEO)
In a jailhouse interview, Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant star Amber Portwood revealed she attempted to commit suicide before deciding that she'd rather be locked up in prison than complete a drug rehab program.
“I took 30 Suboxone [pills] within three days,” the mother of three-and-a-half year old Leah told ABC News. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction.
“The depression took over. I'd just take four to five at a time underneath my tongue and nod out. I had more than addiction problems,” said Portwood, 22, who was sentenced in February to three years in an Indiana prison for possessing prescription drugs without a prescription and another two years for a probation violation. “I had, you know, mental problems, too.”
This wasn’t the first time Portwood attempted suicide.
According to the interview, her ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley called 9-1-1 after a failed suicide attempt last year. Portwood took a plea deal that allowed her to avoid prison and instead pursue treatment at a rehab facility.
But after three months in the rehab program, Portwood decided to opt for prison because she “felt in the program, there were a lot of eyes on me.”
“It was uncomfortable,” she admitted. “I was not using my anti-psych medication even.”
“It's like every time you go out to eat, you know, people are staring at you, talking and it's hard. You get paranoid ... it's not normal, to always be paranoid.
“I felt like I'd rather do my time and get it over with and make the best of a situation that's been handed to me.”
Though Portwood's sentence is five years, she could get credit for "good time" if she behaves behind bars. Indiana prison policy allows "good time" credits to reduce a prisoner's sentence by up to four years, or one-third of a prisoner's sentence, whichever is lesser.
For the full interview, watch the video above.