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As we reported last week, Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown entered rehab.
While it was a brave choice to take that step to address his drinking, it was not necessarily his choice. Not his first one, anyway.
Apparently, Matt’s family confronted him with an intervention.
36-year-old Matt Brown has entered a 90-day inpatient stint at rehab.
RadarOnline reports that Matt Brown’s family staged an intervention in order to nudge him along.
“Matt’s decision to enter treatment came after a family intervention,” their inside source reveals.
Sometimes, it takes a little bit of difficult confrontation from loved ones to admit that you have a problem.
In Matt’s case, it reportedly also required an ultimatum.
Apparently, when the Browns spoke to Matt about his drinking, they presented him with a choice.
“Matt was told he could either go and get help,” the insider says.
“Or,” the source continues. “He could face losing his contract with the show.”
He would lose that paycheck, the insider explains, “as well as the support of his family.”
That might look like a choice on paper, but in real life, that’s no choice at all.
That intervention may have been something that Matt feared for a while.
According to the source, Matt “was desperately attempting to hide his drinking.”
That suggests that he knew that it was a problem, but did not want his loved ones to make a big deal about it or to worry.
They found out about it anyway, the insider says.
That is no real surprise. He was around family, and, well, people are seldom as good at hiding their drinking as people think.
Matt may be in rehab, but he isn’t cut off from the outside world.
“He has spoken to his brothers,” the insider reveals.
“And,” the source continues, Matt has “told them that he is doing okay.”
Just a few days into a rehab stint, okay is actually pretty good.
“He is very tired and worn down,” the insider shares. “But he will be alright.”
Struggles with drinking and addiction are often heartbreaking.
In many cases, they can be a form of self-medicating.
With Matt Brown, it is no exception.
This drinking was brought about by his mother’s health battle.
Ami Brown’s cancer battle took its toll on her, but also on her entire family.
Matt has been in rehab before, in 2016.
At the time, he and his family had become aware of a “downward spiral.”
Addiction — and the behaviors to which is leads — can be very complicated and difficult to defeat.
When your life receives a new stressor — such as Ami’s lung cancer and a move to another state — it can create a huge setback.
In Matt’s case, that meant a relapse.
Alaskan Bush People just had its Season 8 finale — so soon after its premiere.
Just before the finale episode, we saw Matt get injured in what Gabe called a worst-case scenario for their family.
That was … a little dramatic. We hope that Matt’s knee has recovered, though.
Right now, we hope that rehab proves effective.
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Matt Brown has taken the first step in his hopeful path to recovery.
The Alaskan Bush People star has admitted he needs help.
Speaking to People Magazine, the Discovery Channel personality says he is checking into rehab for the second time in order to receive assistance for a dependency on alcohol.
“I struggle with substance abuse, and after a year of ups and downs, I decided to return to treatment,” the oldest Brown son tells the publication in this week’s issue.
“I’m really grateful for everyone’s support and hope to have my life back on track soon.”
The reality star first entered a treatment facility of this nature in the spring of 2016.
What made him realize that he had to try again and that he had to turn his life around?
“I could see myself spiraling,” Brown explains, acknowledging that he had been spending more and more time drinking over the previous year.
“I was more withdrawn. I was slower. Things didn’t excite me the way they used to.”
On a recent episode of Alaskan Bush People, Matt got injured while helping to build the family’s new residence.
Overall, meanwhile, the Browns have been through a whole lot over the past two years; most notably, of course, the loved ones have been dealing with matriarch Ami’s very serious lung cancer diagnosis.
It was believeed for awhile that Ami would not survive the Stage 4 illness, but she remains a major part of the series and of the family.
Due to her need for medical care, however, the Browns have left Alaska and settled in rural Washington.
Now, they’ll be without Matt for an unspecified period of time.
(It’s unclear at the moment just where Matt will receive treatment and for how long he will be there.)
“It’s hard not having one of my babies here with us,” says Ami, who is now cancer-free, yet has been informed she should undergo tests every three months for the rest of her life.
“He was so strong for me, and I want to be strong for him,” she adds to People.
“We miss him terribly, but we’d rather lose him from home for a little while than lose him forever,” dad Billy says.
“We just want him to do what he needs to do to get better.”
We send Matt our very best wishes.
Alaskan Bush People airs Sunday at 9/8c on Discovery.