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The judge gave Amber Portwood one last chance, but it appears she's given up on herself. The Teen Mom star, who was recently arrested again for probation violation, has reportedly given up on rehab -- and asked to go to prison instead.
The 22-year-old reality star's legal problems go back to December 2010, when she was charged with domestic abuse for assaulting the father of her child, Gary Shirley, while MTV's cameras rolled. Portwood later pleaded guilty and agreed to rehab and probation in lieu of jail time. Then in December 2011, six months after a reported suicide attempt, she was arrested again for drug possession, and spent two months in jail. Charged with probation violation as well as possession, Portwood faced five years in prison, but cut a deal to complete a rehab program instead. Then, two weeks ago, Portwood found herself behind bars once again when she violated her probation by missing a court date.
Which brings us to Wednesday's court hearing. According to TMZ, Amber informed the judge that rehab isn't working: She is still using drugs, and will always be a "bad girl." The mother of Leah Shirley, whom viewers have watched grow up on the hit MTV show (which returns for its fourth season on June 12), reportedly demanded that she be removed from the court-ordered treatment program immediately. That leaves the judge only one option: reinstating Portwood's five-year prison sentence. The reality star is now awaiting sentencing in Indiana's Madison County jail.
Amber's rejection of rehab is very sad news for Teen Mom fans, especially since the reality star had managed to stay out of trouble for a few months. Her brother Shawn told E! News that he was shocked by Amber's recent arrest.
"It's really sad because just the other day Amber was talking about (how) she was so happy to finally be turning her life around," he said. "She said she was going to work hard to get her charge reduced. Her new goal is to join the military. She's been doing so well."
Was missing her court date a case of self-sabotage? Something -- whether it's her drug addiction or a deeper issue -- is holding Portwood back from getting better. That is truly tragic, particularly for her daughter Leah. But if there's a silver lining, it's this: Portwood has acknowledged that rehab isn't working and knows that she needs help. That's a step that many addicts never take. Hopefully the judge's sentence will include some court-ordered therapy, and Portwood can spend her time in prison turning her life around.