Amber Portwood's Shocking Addiction Might Not Be Her Fault After All

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amber portwoodWhoa. Amber Portwood is so much worse off than any of us realized. But at least SHE realizes it, apparently.

According to TMZ, the Teen Mom star's drug problem is so severe that "Amber believes prison is the only way to get clean because it will force her to kick the addiction cold turkey."

It's no surprise that Portwood has been battling a drug problem, but you might be surprised to hear which drug:

Sources told TMZ that "immediately following the reality TV star's incarceration, her last drug test came back positive for the opiate-based drug Suboxone ... a highly addictive drug similar to Morphine."

Yikes. Serious, but also super sad. Because here's the thing about Suboxone ...

The fact that Portwood is addicted to Suboxone most likely means that she WAS legitimately trying to get over another addiction.

Suboxone is a prescription drug used to help people detox from dependency on opiates (including painkillers such as morphine, oxycontin, vicodin and percoset). Suboxone works by blocking opiate receptors in the brain (so if you're taking suboxone, your usual drug of choice wouldn't get you high).

The problem, unfortunately, is that Suboxone is highly addictive all on its own -- and, as such, has become yet another prescription drug to sell for big bucks on the street.

This latest revelation just adds yet another layer of tragedy to Portwood's downward spiral. It seems so incredibly unfair, doesn't it? She tried to do the right thing and ended up more screwed up.

No wonder she thinks jail is the only answer.

Do you think Amber Portwood was trying to get clean when she got addicted to Suboxone?

 

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Amanda Krampota

It's possible but I don't know all the details of the arrest. Or any of it for that matter. I take suboxone now and have for the past 8 months. It has been a lifesaver for me. BUT I have not tried to stop it yet. Before this though, my daughter would skip meals, not get her diaper changed until 1 pm or so,ect, because I was always either high on pain pills and usually sick at my stomach from taking too much, or extremly sick and searchinh for more. I was a horrible parent and a horrible person. Suboxone does have a market on the streets, but I don't know anyone that has ever gotten high on it. So yes, she probably was trying to get better.

lalab... lalaboosh

I think if she did then she needs a cannabis prescription. I heard that opiate addicts are forever addicted. Cannabis is safer and could really help her.

Jespren Jespren

She might have been trying when she started, but that's hardly an excuse to get 'addicted' to yet another drug. There is a huge difference between addictive behavior and physical dependance. If someone is physically dependant upon a drug, because say they became dependant on morphine after a car accident or vicodine after a skiing accident, then opiate detox isn't a big thing. You feel miserable for a few days but the drugs are short acting so it's a couple of days then you're fine. Pain management patients do it all the time. But if you are mentally addicted to a 'high' you get from a drug, it doesn't matter what drug it is, the only way you'll kick it is by changing the mental additude, and human beings don't like that kind of change, it's hard, takes a lot of willpower, and most just end up substituting one addiction for another.

Flori... Floridamom96

Jespren, you have no idea what you're talking about.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I've heard of LOTS of people getting addicted to Sub. From my understanding its a lot cheaper than most painkillers, and people have large amounts of it.  You cannot cure a pill addiction with more pills. You just cant. O.o

Sierr... SierraLynn

There goes whatever glimmer of hope she had for the.military. thank god.

Amanda Krampota

Actually, at least here in Texas it is more expensive then pain pills. For a prescription of  30 Lortab its about 30$ For the ten suboxone I get it is 90$. Its more for both on the streets. And you get addicted to it when you take it. I is still a partial opioid but you do not get high from it. So I can take care of my kids. Hopefully it wont be too hard when the doc weans me off it. And as Floriadmom said Jespren you dont know  what you are saying. I have been addicted to opioids for 6 years now. It is the MOST painful thing to just quit cold turkey. I woould rather be in labor everyday of my life than go cold turkey. And pain management patients do it very carefully under a doctors supervision. If you are an addict from getting it off the streets, no doctor is gonna give you more and then wean you off them. I have tried that. I wish Amber well.


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Nora Beaman

I've worked in a pharmacy for the past 7 years and have seen more than a few people become addicted to Suboxone. It's not as common as percocet or oxy addiction but it's steadily on the rise, which is sad. There are many people who do wonderfully on Suboxone and are able to straighten out their lives thanks to it, its just sad that it gets a bad rep because of the people who decided to abuse it.

Stacey. Stacey.

People use methadone to get off herion but down here in FL plenty of people illegally obtain methadone to get high so its a toss up.

Jeff Tuttle

I don't see where she was "abusing" Suboxone? Obtaining it off the streets is wrong and this "medicine" should be widely available and at a decent price then people needing help off of opiates wouldn't have to "go to the streets" to get HELP!!!
She may be "dependent" on Suboxone but doesn't sound "addicted" to me!!!

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