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Teen Mom’s Leah Messer opens up on struggle with ‘complete darkness’ after revealing childhood sexual abuse

TEEN Mom 2 star Leah Messer has posted about battling "complete darkness" after revealing she was sexually abused as a child.

The 27-year-old talked about "difficult days" and "moments of struggle" in quotes shared on her Instagram Stories hours after making her shocking abuse admission.

Leah shared one quote that read: "Sometimes there are moments of complete darkness that you must go through to find your way towards healing.

"There will be difficult days, moments of struggle. Some days you'll notice growth, other days you won't."

It concluded: "But if you keep on walking, knowing that the light isn't far away you'll slowly start to notice hope blooming in your heart again."

The mom-of-three also posted a second motivational quote that listed the "eight things to remember when going through tough times".

These included the statements: "Everything can - and will - change. You've overcome challenges before.

"Being kind to yourself is the best medicine. Other people's negativity isn't worth worrying about."

It comes after Leah talked about her childhood sexual abuse and her father's drug addiction during an Instagram Q&A on Friday night to promote her upcoming memoir, Hope, Grace & Faith.

She explained how the “decisions” she made throughout her life will “make sense” to fans once they read the book.

Leah continued: “They’ll understand the childhood drama and co-dependency in relationships. Everything I endured in my childhood from sexual abuse to physical abuse was probably the hardest thing.”

This is the first time Leah has opened up about her childhood abuse. She did not name her perpetrator.

Leah then talked about her father, who appeared on Teen Mom 2 during her wedding to second husband, Jeremy Calvert.

The MTV star explained how he was present in her life until she was six or seven.

She continued: “With the opioid epidemic we are facing today, my dad always ties into that. I started doing my own research on when my dad started struggling with addiction and why he struggled with addiction.

“Come to find out in between 1995 and 1997 they started prescribing oxycodone. It was a highly addictive drug they swore wasn’t an addictive drug. 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’s how my dad became addicted to the medication and still is to this day.”

Leah revealed she is helping to “provide treatment facilities in West Virginia.”

She added: “Whatever I have to do to do that, I will do. I’ve been there. I went through it. I’ve done it.”

Fortunately for Leah, she revealed the adversity she faced as a child has helped her “thrive” now.

She continued: “I’m giving my daughters the life I always wish I had.”

Leah is mom to twin daughters Ali and Aleeah, 10, with ex-husband Corey Simms, and daughter Adalynn, 7, with former spouse Jeremy.

In 2017, Leah revealed over Twitter that her father, Gary Lee Miller, reached out to her for the first time in a while.

She tweeted at the time: “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].”

RadarOnline.com reported he was arrested in February 2011 for possession of a controlled substance.

The police report claimed Gary “handed an unknown amount of pills to a female subject outside of Chili’s restaurant.”

Gary explained to authorities he was prescribed Lortab 10mg for “back pain.”

He was not prosecuted for the charges.

As Teen Mom fans know, Leah has struggled with substance abuse issues herself.

On the show, ex-husband Corey accused her of drug use when she was caught on camera slurring her words and falling asleep mid-sentence in various scenes.

She checked into rehab in June 2015, though she denied drug abuse rumors at the time.

She insisted she was in treatment for depression and anxiety.

Leah finally admitted her struggle with addiction in 2018 while on the podcast Life Reboot.

She revealed she took Hydrocodone and Percocet after Adalynn’s birth in 2013.

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