Back in September, People broke the news that Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown was heading back to rehab for his second stint. A month and a half later, it seems he’s doing a lot better, because the reality TV personality checked himself out and he’s back at home with his family. Don’t worry, though, because he’s not going totally cold turkey when it comes to getting help — he’s still receiving treatment at an outpatient facility where he works on managing his addiction.
“Matt voluntarily checked himself out of rehab in late October and he is continuing outpatient treatment at a nearby facility,” a source close to the Discovery Channel family told Radar Online. “He is doing really good right now and he is committed to his sobriety. His family is very proud of him.”
We’re so glad to hear that — but his return home hasn’t been without drama of its own. His 30-day stay was relatively brief considering how long treatment programs usually are, and some of his family and friends are worried about how quickly he came home. “Matt thinks that he is ready to leave after 30 days and everyone is urging him to stay in,” a source told Radar at the end of October. “He says that he is almost ready and can handle this on his own now.”
It seems like he’s doing okay, though, and he’s still getting plenty of help. “Matt has been attending recovery meetings and has been working with a sober coach, as well as going to therapy and counseling to battle his addictions,” the insider said. He also know what warning signs to look out for that might let him know he’s falling into bad habits. But now that mom Ami Brown is doing better, he’s got fewer stressors in his life.
“I could see myself spiraling,” the 36-year-old admitted after his first rehab stint. “I was more withdrawn. I was slower. Things didn’t excite me the way they used to.” But rehab and the support of his loved ones is helping him make changes. “I’m really grateful for everyone’s support and hope to have my life back on track soon.”
It was actually his parents, Ami and Billy Brown, who pushed him into going to rehab in the first place. Sources said they held an intervention for their son, and that his addiction journey will be part of the Season 9 storyline on the family’s TV show. “He was so strong for me, and I want to be strong for him,” his mother told People. “We just want him to do what he needs to do to get better,” her husband agreed.
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