'Teen Mom 2' Star Allegedly Abusing Painkillers

By McCarton Ackerman 07/31/14

Leah Messer allegedly joins the likes of Amber Portwood and Jenelle Evans in publicly struggling with substance abuse.

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Leah Messer has reportedly become the latest Teen Mom star to struggle with addiction.

An anonymous source told Radar Online that Messer, who first appeared on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and is on the current season of Teen Mom 2, has reportedly been abusing painkillers. She has allegedly been using drugs to cope with the stress of raising her daughter, Aliannah, who has an incurable form of muscular dystrophy. Some of the expensive medical bills for Aliannah’s care are not covered by her insurance and the current prognosis is that the little girl will eventually be confined full-time to a wheelchair.

Messer’s friend told the gossip site that the reality star “drops her girls off with her mom at night and takes painkillers or drinks heavily.” She also accused Messer's mom of being an enabler by taking the children despite knowing this and expressed concern that the stress of raising a child with special needs has become too much for Leah.

Messer is not the first Teen Mom star to publicly struggle with substance abuse. Amber Portwood spent 17 months behind bars after requesting prison over court-ordered lockdown rehab. She was released last December and later admitted to being high on painkillers during all of her previous TV appearances. Jenelle Evans has also been open about her heroin addiction, while Farrah Abraham was arrested for DUI in March 2013 after blowing nearly double the legal limit.

Abraham later made headlines for a series of ill-advised excuses about her DUI, declaring that she was “not driving at the time. I was simply turning a corner and parking my vehicle and that’s when I was approached.” She also justified her actions by claiming that she was “not trying to drink” that night and “was not drinking while getting arrested,” and therefore “not endangering anyone’s life.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.