Alaskan Bush People's Matt Brown Celebrates Recovery Milestone

By Beth Leipholtz 04/02/19
The reality TV star shared his sober milestone with followers on Instagram.
Alaskan Bush People's Matt Brown
Photo via Instagram

Reality star Matt Brown is making the most of his recent trip to treatment by celebrating his recent recovery milestone on Instagram, according to Pop Culture.

Brown, known for his role in the Discovery Channel reality show Alaskan Bush People, has been in treatment numerous times in the past few years for alcohol use disorder—first in 2016, then 2018 and finally in 2019. 

But it seems the most recent time could have been what he needed. On Friday (March 29), Brown posted a photo of himself holding a sobriety coin along with words of encouragement. 

"Afternoon everyone! Hope your day rocks! Never give up never surrender," Brown wrote

On the post, fans expressed their congratulations and even shared their own stories. 

“Proud of you and your recovery,” wrote one Instagram user. “Do what you've got to do to take care of you. My dad died of alcoholism 6 years ago. He was a great man, and in the public's eye, so his disease was a family secret. We tried several times to get him help. But you have to want it for yourself. I'm proud of you!! Stay strong. You've got this.”

According to Pop Culture, Brown’s most recent trip to treatment was in February. In early March, the website reports, his parents released $250,000 that he had made for allowing Discovery to document his treatment for the show. 

Giving Brown the money was a source of anxiety for his parents, a source told Radar Online. In the past, Brown had taken large sums of money as a reason to fall back into his old ways. 

“He finally got the money that was being withheld from him by his parents while he got his act together,” a source told Radar Online. “It’s really a double-edged sword because whenever Matt gets paid, he goes missing and everyone just assumes he is using again.”

In September of 2018, before his second trip to treatment, Brown spoke to People magazine about his struggles. 

“I struggle with substance abuse, and after a year of ups and downs, I decided to return to treatment,” he told People. “I’m really grateful for everyone’s support and hope to have my life back on track soon.”

Brown’s parents expressed their support for their son at the time, also speaking to the magazine.

“We miss him terribly, but we’d rather lose him from home for a little while than lose him forever,” said his father Billy. “We just want him to do what he needs to do to get better.”

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.