It seemed like Matt Brown from Alaskan Bush People finally turned his sobriety around and got back on the wagon after a rough rehab stay, a solo trip to the desert, and then another return to rehab. But now, it seems that his addiction may be an issue once again. In a new Radar Online report, the site has learned that the Discovery Channel star recently cashed in on the paycheck that he earned for filming season 9 — but the money may have tipped him over the edge. According to sources close to the family, they’re worried about their oldest son now that he has more resources to feed his addiction.
“Matt is causing reason for worry again because he just got heavily paid!” a source told Radar, citing a $250,000 payout. “He finally got the money that was being withheld from him by his parents while he got his act together,” they continued. With the 36-year-old’s sobriety journey becoming a storyline on season 8, he agreed to continue letting cameras film him for the next season as he got well. But, in a dark twist of irony, that may be what sets him back.
“It’s really a double-edged sword because whenever Matt gets paid, he goes missing and everyone just assumes he is using again,” the insider shared. “It is at the point where no one really knows if he wants to be sober or not.” But parents Billy and Ami Brown don’t want to just keep punishing him. “It is really just more about wanting to be OK. … The problem is that Matt will really tell you whatever it is you want to hear. He is not known for being honest about his sobriety.”
In February, it seemed that the star was getting close with his family again now that he was sober. Thanks to outpatient rehab and his work with a sober coach, he was even able to join Ami for a trip to Los Angeles, California, so that he could be with her during one of her cancer check ups. Though the star hasn’t gone MIA again and is still posting regularly on his Instagram account, the whole Brown clan seems to be keeping a close eye out.