Published On: Mon, Jun 11th, 2012

‘Teen Mom’ star Amber Portwood talks prison sentence, rehab, losing daughter

The “Teen Mom” star, Amber Portwood, was sentenced to five years in prison last week after she dropped out of a drug-treatment program the court ordered her to complete.

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ABC reported that Portwood pleaded guilty in February to felony possession of a controlled substance and admitted to violating her probation; she avoided prison time by entering the rehab program.

She now wants to explain her decision to drop out of rehab.

“I took 30 Suboxone [which typically treats opioid addiction] within three days,” she said in an exclusive jailhouse interview with ABC News Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time about trying to kill herself as her life spiraled out of control.

“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. I had, you know, mental problems, too.”

The young mother has tried to commit suicide before. Now at age 22, she first starred on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant,” and audiences tuned in to watch her life unravel on “Teen Mom.”

Portwood was also slapped with a domestic violence charge after she was shown hitting Shirley, her daughter’s father, on an episode of “Teen Mom.”

Shirley now has custody of Leah, 3. Portwood told ABC News she started “to feel downhill” when Leah was taken away from her.

“I felt like I had no reason to even be around, because I was a mom. I felt like that’s what I was put on this earth to do, when I had her … and I started partying and doing drugs because I felt like I couldn’t do anything anymore. I lost my whole family, I felt like, they moved away from me,” she said.

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