Matt Brown, the oldest child of Billy and Ami Brown, has not appeared on Alaskan Bush People since season 8 of the Discovery Channel show aired in 2018.
In August 2019, Radar Online reported that Brown would be returning to the reality TV show, however, that has not happened.
The first-born Brown sibling previously opened up to a number of outlets about his struggles with substance abuse, leading people to assume that those issues were what caused him to leave Alaskan Bush People. These days, fortunately, Brown appears to be doing well after a move to California.
Brown Entered Rehab for Alcohol Addiction in 2016
According to Distractify, the reality star first entered rehab for alcohol addiction in 2016.
In an interview with People, Brown explained, “I could see myself spiraling.” He admitted that he started spending more time with friends drinking, and he became “more withdrawn. I was slower. Things didn’t excite me the way they used to.”
Brown explained that he first turned to alcohol after his family’s boat broke down and he started spending more time in Juneau.
“I’ve always been able to handle city life, no problem,” Brown said. “But I started hanging out with people who drank. They didn’t have a problem with it so while I was around them, I started drinking. I started drinking lightly and then it got to be more and more,” he explained. “That’s when I saw the problem around the corner, and I didn’t want to be one of those guys.”
In Spring 2016, Brown decided to enter an in-patient rehab center for 35 days.
He Struggled to Open up to His Family About His Addiction
Brown tells People he struggled to open up to his family about his drinking problems.
“There was a lot of anxiety. It took a couple of days to work up the guts to tell my parents,” he said. “But their support was unbelievable. It instantly made me feel better and like I could be successful on this journey.”
Reflecting on his days in rehab, he said, “I learned a lot about myself in those 35 days. I’ve turned my weakness into a strength. In life, we all get lost every now and then and have to find our way back. Not everyone makes it back, and I’m happy to be one of those who did.”
In September 2019, the reality TV star updated fans on his sobriety in an Instagram post that read, “A year and almost 2 month’s ago, I started out on a quest of self-understanding, and awareness, to find a better way of existing in the world. It has forever changed my life for the better :) This coin is a reminder, Never give up! Never surrender!”
Brown recently started his own Youtube channel that chronicles his wellness journey, which you can check out here.