Is This a Sign That Amber Portwood Has Relapsed in Her Addiction?
Did she fall off the wagon?
During the season six Teen Mom reunion special, host Dr. Drew used the flash of an iPhone camera to determine whether Amber Portwood’s pupils were dilated, indicating drug use. For obvious reasons, this has become a running point of humor among viewers, since the procedure was far from medical, but it has also brought attention to a common indicator of substance abuse.
Teen Mom is now in season 7, and similar questions about Amber’s sobriety have arisen.
The soon-to-be mother-of-two was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, which are two extremely difficult mental illnesses to battle, especially when they are present together. As a result, Amber was prescribed medication to help stabilize her mood and work as anti-depressants. Although she shared that the medications were helping her significantly, she recently made the choice to stop taking them altogether after her explosive breakup from Matt Baier.
“I wanted to see if I was just unhappy because of the things that were going on in my life at the time with him, and I realized after weaning myself off that I actually am OK,” she told Us Weekly.
“It’s manageable as long as you have a healthy lifestyle and healthy people around you.”
Amber is now expecting her second child, which would make a relapse into addiction extremely concerning. That pupil dilation test Dr. Drew is known for is coming into play as many fans begin to wonder whether Amber has relapsed.
“Comparison between Amber vs her friend’s pupils during ‘High Hopes’ episode. Thoughts?” wrote Reddit user Ana_konda on this image of Amber alongside her cousin.
User alainamazingbetch asked, “What do we think Amber is on, what’s the dominant theory? Benzos, psyche meds, amphetamines? Hmmm.” User Trashbox1 referred to the scene, writing, “When Amber put her head down on the table and said to Gary, ‘you remember, how it was back in the day’? And he Said ‘what? With the depression’? I was all like noooooo with the addiction! She is def back on the drugses.”
User thisisanokayusername shared this image of Amber next to her daughter Leah, writing, “Amber pupil dilation in the last episode. Not super intense, but VERY noticeable when compared to Leah right next to her.” User 112143Happy begged, “Holy sh*t [Amber] was higher than a kite in this scene. Gary please protect that poor child from her mother. I feel so bad for poor Leah.”
Many were quick to defend Amber, pointing out that this is not a surefire indication of drug abuse. Pupil dilation is associated with mood disorders and states of mania. It can even be a result of certain psychiatric medication, as many fans pointed out.
User bb_haze wrote, “I think it’s wrong to assume that the difference in pupil sizes means she’s back on drugs. I have light blue eyes and don’t do any drugs yet my pupils will fluctuate between tiny and so big that you can barely see the blue.”
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