If you’ve grown up with very involved parents it can be hard to believe that some people don’t. But, it’s unfortunately true that absent parents exist due to reasons like, addiction. A Teen Mom cast member, Leah Messer, has always been very candid about her relationship with her father which lacked. She was open about his struggles with addiction which heavily influenced his role in her life. However, she tried her best to keep him close until she was about six or seven. In an episode of her “Life Reboot” podcast she admitted, “I wanted a dad. I was someone who really wanted that father figure. I wanted that feeling of love from a man.”
How Her Father’s Addiction Became
Messer opened up about her father’s addiction in her 2020 memoir, Hope, Grace & Faith. She explained how she began to do her own research on discover why and how her father struggles with addiction. Messer wrote, “Come to find out in between 1995 and 1997 they started prescribing oxycodone. It was a highly addictive drug that swore wasn’t an addictive drug.” She continued, “My father broke his neck and back working on bridges in West Virginia. From there he went to some doctor for worker’s comp. That how my dad became addicted to the medication and still is to this day.”
Messer herself had her own battles with addiction. She admitted that she’s “been there. I went through it. I’ve done it.” However, in the toughness of it all she believes that it allowed her to “thrive” and give her “daughter the life I always wish I had.”
Will The Two Ever Rekindle?
You might remember the wedding episode for Messer and Jeremy Calvert on Teen Mom 2. In that episode, the MTV personality was walked down the aisle by her father. And although the two shared a special father daughter moment, it didn’t change everything for Messer.
Her father has tried to get in contact with her over multiple occasions but his words are beginning to hold less and less value. In 2017 she shared a tweet, “When your dad calls and you haven’t heard from him in quite some time. Do you answer or let your voicemail do the talking?” She opened up more about on her podcast stating, “It’s the same thing every call. Maybe this time he really is going to choose life over death. All I can do is pray.” Messer shared her turning point by saying, “When he finally showed back up, it was not good. It was definitely a turning point. I can love myself enough, and I don’t need him to fill that place in my life.”