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'Teen Mom' star Amber Portwood is sober and focused on the future

'Teen Mom' star Amber Portwood shares a post-prison selfie.
'Teen Mom' star Amber Portwood shares a post-prison selfie.
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Amber Portwood and the cast of "Teen Mom" will return for a fifth season next year. Ahead of the exciting return of the series nearly three years after it initially went off the air, Portwood is sober and in a much better place than she was when fans last saw her.

In a new interview, the young mom opened up about her post-prison life and spoke of her newfound sobriety. As expected, she was completely candid.

"I didn't want to die -- I wanted to be there for my child," Portwood said in the interview with OK! Magazine, via an Aug. 21 report by Showbiz Spy. After struggling to get sober on the streets, Portwood turned herself in to serve a 5-year prison sentence in June 2012. She later received an early release.

Currently, Portwood is in college and planning to study sociology. By the age of 30, Portwood wants to open her own rehab center to help those struggling as she has.

Portwood is also planning for a better co-parenting relationship with Gary Shirley, with whom she shares her 5-year-old daughter, Leah. And so far, it appears to be going well. According to Portwood, she and Shirley's relationship is much better than it once was.

"It's not drama all the time," Portwood explained.

Portwood and Shirley will both be seen in "Teen Mom" season five, as will returning cast members Catelynn Lowell and Maci Bookout. Farrah Abraham is not included.