Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown is opening up about his battle with recovery.
Matt Brown is keeping to his word and dropping updates about his struggle with alcoholism and substance abuse. Every few days, the Alaskan Bush People star picks a topic and sends a video out to people or families affected by addiction.
Today on Instagram, Matt spoke to “the people out there that have decided that its time to change things,” but like him, they “might fall back” or relapse easily and don’t have the tools “to hold through those moments that seem impossible to hold through.”
“My name’s Matt, and I’m an addict and alcoholic,” he shared in a video. “I’ve been living in recovery for about three years now. And the last time I took a drink of alcohol was on March 20th, 2020. I feel really good about that.”
‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Matt Brown’s Message on Sobriety
Matt Brown is proud of the progress he’s made with alcoholism. Not just for the years that he’s remained sober, but also for “the two years before that” where he “slipped” and “relapsed.”
The reality star admits that he’s had plenty of struggling points throughout his road to sobriety. But now that he’s been on the wagon for a few years, he doesn’t “live like that” anymore. And even though “it isn’t always easy,” he’s able to remain successful.
What Matt Brown loves most about sobriety is waking up on Monday mornings without a hangover. He said that feeling strung out made him feel shame inside himself, and the shame isn’t there anymore. And at this point, the desire to drink isn’t so present.
Matt wants his followers to know that there are tools to help them reach the same level of sobriety. Everyone struggling with addiction needs to work with “the steps” and “stay in the program.” And most importantly, they need to realize that sobriety comes from “inside in our spirit.”
“It comes from that. It helps me decide and desire to find a better way through life. And it all started for me with accepting the fact that I needed to get better—that I wasn’t able to continue doing things the way that I was,” he said. “Once I accepted that, even before taking any steps to fix it, I had already begun to heal because I had hit my rock bottom, and I had decided that it’s time to make a change.”
His message today is that sometimes, relapse is part of recovery. And he hopes that people can forgive themselves if they reach for the bottle or go back to using.
“Every time [we relapse], it teaches us, one that we can’t do it anymore, and two that we don’t wanna do it anymore.”