I saw a piece on E!'s Entertainment News about Amber's rehab. It's in Malibu, which already makes me suspicious--if she lives in Indiana, why the heck is she rehabbing in Malibu at what sounds like one of those celebrity rehab places (I can't remember the name of it, but they did mention it)? They're also intending to include her rehab on the show, though how wasn't exactly clear. Her brother was quoted as saying they included a phone call between himself and his sister on Teen Mom, but that could just mean a shot of him on the phone with Amber's voice on the phone.
If she really needs rehab, I don't think it's going to be productive for her to have it televised.
I wouldn't describe Malibu as an obscure out of the way place. Don't they have a couple of places for celebrity rehab out there? Plus, I can't imagine why she wouldn't want to be closer to home, where perhaps her brother could eventually visit her as opposed to talking to her on the phone.
I hope she gets better too, for her own sake as well as Leah's. I just don't think the way they're going about this rehab, particularly including it on the show, seems especially productive. Her problems are much more serious than Farrah's if she needs in-patient therapy, and it's not like including scenes from Catelynn's weekend retreat for mothers who've given their children up for adoption either. If she's truly unstable, she needs to be far away from the cameras for a while.
I know Celebrity Rehab tapes in Pasadena. I meant celebrity rehab in the more generic sense, as in places where celebrities tend to go for their rehab. Isn't that Promises place in Malibu? If it's not that one, it's some other one that's in the news a lot, and I swear, though I can't remember its name, the one Amber's in sounded familiar, like it had been in the news because of someone else who'd been there.
I hope Amber gets the help she needs but it seems she has some real deep rooted issues that need to be addressed and not necessarily about substance abuse. I only began watching this show recently so I am not familiar with her back story. Have they ever shown her parents and her home life prior to Teen Mom? I am sure that she was featured on 16 & Pregnant but I never saw her episode.
Does anyone know what happened to Jayce's mom and grandma? (I forgot the mom's name) That little boy is the cutest! If the parents don't want these kids, there are plenty of others that would totally embrace adopting any one of these babies, toddlers, preschoolers.....
Part of the reason to send people away from their home areas for rehab is to help break the connections with their behavior, people they associate with and begin anew.
There's no place like home!
Jenelle, Jayce's mom, was in rehab too, last I heard. She signed over custody of Jayce to his grandma on the show itself. I assume that he's still in his grandmother's care, since we haven't heard anything different so far.
The only reason I was suspicious of Malibu, by the way, is because of places like Promises, which seem more like vacation resorts than rehab facilities. The success rate of people who've rehabbed there doesn't nearly match the price tag of going there. The Betty Ford Clinic has helped a lot more people, and it's not nearly so fancy--I remember when celebrities first started checking in there, they found out they were responsible for doing chores around the place too, including really non-glamorous things like cleaning their own toilets. The idea was, I think, that they needed to take charge of their lives in every respect, plus it kept them busy, which seemed to help with their recovery. I know an aunt of mine has a retired friend who'd always knitted, embroidered, quilted etc., and she decided to volunteer at a women's recovery center, because she thought it might help the women to have something to do that was productive instead of destructive. The women then had a craft fair and sold the stuff they produced, which was great, not only because it brought in some money the center badly needed but because the women got to hear all kinds of compliments on their work and got to talk to a lot of people who shared their new interests, people they might never have spoken to otherwise. As one woman put it, "It's the first time I've ever been praised for having a needle in my hand." Another woman said that when things get bad in the middle of the night, she now just turns on the light and reaches for her knitting instead of a drink--and even if she ends up knitting all night, at least she doesn't have a hangover the next day.