Former “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham checked into an alcohol abuse rehabilitation program on Sunday. Just weeks after undergoing a second breast augmentation surgery, the 22-year-old reality-turned-porn star said she’s committed to making “better choices” for herself.
Abraham, who stunned fans of her MTV shows “16 and Pregnant” and "Teen Mom” when she released the porn film “Backdoor Teen Mom,” said that on Monday she will begin an intensive 10-day rehab program in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The single mother checked into The Lukens Institute, described as an “accelerated program” for “motivated, high-functioning, individuals with demanding careers and busy schedules who want private, individualized care, as well as a high degree of personal freedom.”
Although Abraham will have to leave her 4-year-old daughter Sophia behind with her father Mike during the stint, she told Radar Online that the move was a preventative measure. "I'm 22 and I want to make better choices and ensure I can recognize when I am putting myself in a bad situation next time,” Abraham told the publication.
The announcement comes three months after Abraham was pulled over on the road in Omaha, Neb. with a blood alcohol level of .147, twice the legal limit. Abraham later defended herself, saying that she had failed a breathalyzer test because she had been sick.
“It was St. Patrick’s Day and I was out with my sister. I did not plan to drink because I was sick, so I took the role of being in charge and making sure my sister and I would return home together and safely,” Farrah told InTouch Weekly. “At 10 p.m., I tried to leave and at that time, my sister was not ready to leave, so I had been sipping on drinks to pass the time.”
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“Because I'm sick, I could not give an accurate breathalyzer test, due to coughing and shortage of breath,” she added. “I have a lawyer and all will work out with my ticket.”
After pleading guilty to DUI charges, Abraham was sentenced to a six month probation period in which she could not drink alcohol, instead of facing jail time. She was also fined $500 and ordered to attend an alcohol education class.
“At this time in my life, I need to stay focused on the positive to get through all of the negative that a DUI has caused in my life,” Abraham said.
In her autobiography “My Teenage Dream Ended,” Abraham talked about struggling with alcohol and drugs during her adolescence, and said it only escalated after the death of her boyfriend, and the father of her daughter, Derek Underwood. Underwood died in a car accident in 2008. “I was partying too much,” Abraham wrote in her memoir. “I drank too much and did some coke. … I couldn’t handle the effect of the alcohol and drugs. I started crying about Derek to some guy I was kind of into. … The next morning I woke up looking and feeling like a mess, and my nose hurt from the coke.”