‘Alaskan Bush People’ Alum Matt Brown Opens Up About Early Recovery

by Amy Myers

Since finding his platform on Instagram, Alaskan Bush People alum Matt Brown has always been very open about his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. However, when Brown first departed from the show, much of his process was kept secret since he was still affiliated with the franchise. It wasn’t until after successfully completing several rehabilitation programs that we began to understand what the former reality star endeavored. As much as these videos have helped his fans, they’ve also helped Brown process his own experiences.

In light of the recent stories that the Alaskan Bush People alum has heard from his fans, Brown decided to speak to the early part of his journey in his latest video on Instagram.

“Hi friends this is a video about a lecture I learned a lot about brain chemistry from, and how it affects people in early recovery,” the Alaskan Bush People alum captioned the video. “Also a special shout out to my friends that share their recovery progress with me, never give up never surrender.”

There’s a lot to unpack in the former Alaskan Bush People star’s video. For starters, it’s noteworthy that Brown has managed to create a recovery platform away from the show that has been successfully helping others facing similar circumstances with addiction. Just as impressive is Brown’s interest in brain chemistry to better understand the effects of addiction on the body.

‘Alaskan Bush People’ Alum Breaks Down Cause Behind Withdrawal Symptoms

In the quick clip, Brown covers the relationship between tetrahydroisoquinoline (THIQ) and drugs. As the former Alaskan Bush People star explained, the body stops producing nearly as much endorphins, a chemical that helps create the “happy” sensation. Without the production of this essential chemical, the body then craves its substitute from drugs and alcohol.

When recovering addicts first stop using substances, the cravings for these substances and THIQ can be overwhelming. And oftentimes, there’s an adjustment period before the body begins producing the right amount of endorphins again.

“It takes time for our bodies to realize we don’t have enough of it,” the Alaskan Bush People star shared.

But, Brown continued, “If you’re in early recovery and you feel cruddy, it’s not going to last forever. It does get better, one day at a time.”

Previously, Brown made a promise to his fans that he would continue covering addiction and recovery topics through the holidays. The Alaskan Bush People star hopes to provide a resource of information and personal reflection to help those struggling to stay clean during this time of year. He even mentioned that he would be creating more thorough lessons and explanations on his YouTube channel.