‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Matt Brown Announces He’s One-Year Sober in New Video

by Jon D. B.
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

‘Alaskan Bush People’s eldest son, Matt Brown is celebrating an important milestone, and asks others who are struggling with substance abuse to “never give up.”

Matthew William Brown, or simply “Matt” as he is most commonly referred to in ‘Alaskan Bush People’ lore, has had a rocky life. As fans of the family know, Matt left the show some time ago, and has a rocky relationship with his kin – to say the least.

Matt is the oldest child amidst the Browns, and has struggled with addiction throughout his teenage and adult life. This, intertwined with his estrangement from his family and accusations of sexual assault, has led to several relapses, he admits.

On March 21, however, Matt is celebrating a milestone. Taking to Instagram Sunday, Matt lets his followers know that he’s celebrating 1 full year of sobriety. And he wants anyone facing his same struggles to know:

“It’s human… Never give up. Never surrender to fear.”

‘Alaskan Bush People’s Eldest Son, Matt, on 1 Year of Sobriety

“Yesterday, I hit a milestone: 1 year completely sober,” Matt begins, looking to and from his phone to record.

“For the past three years I have been in sobriety,” he continues, before revealing that he has “slipped three times.”

“The last time I slipped was on the 20th of [March] last year. So I wanted to tell everybody that… If life is rough for you, or if these hard circumstances that we’re all in right now has caused you to slip, or relapse, or even just to get into a mindset that you don’t like… It’s human. That happens to all of us,” Brown reassures his followers.

“It’s going to be okay,” he adds, heartfelt. Watch the former ‘Alaskan Bush People’ star’s confession below for more from Matt on his journey, alongside the inspiration he takes from films such as ‘Batman Begins’:

Matt’s video statement comes as the first he’s made since the passing of his father, ‘Alaskan Bush People’ patriarch Billy Brown in February of 2021.

“The truth is – it hit me hard,” Brown admits in his previous post on February 19. “Before he passed, I knew his health problems were getting worse,” he continues. “I had the hindsight to be able to reconcile with him and find closure before he passed. Now that he’s passed, I feel good in my hear that I took that opportunity to do the right thing.”