Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown has been reconnecting with his family after rehab.
In a new interview, his family is praising him for his dedication to remaining sober.
They also explain how he fell off of the wagon, and why they don't want to see him again until he finishes working things out.
In the new issue of People, the Brown family speaks about missing Matt Brown.
"It was his decision to drop everything and go fix what he hadn’t fixed," Billy explains.
"He’s fighting a hard road," he affirms.
Billy adds: "He has for a long time."
"We just try to let him know that family’s here no matter what," Billy makes clear.
"I could see myself spiraling," Matt admits while speaking to People.
He shares that he found himself spending more and more time drinking "in town" with friends.
"I was more withdrawn," Matt shares.
He adds: "I was slower."
"Things didn’t excite me the way they used to," he notes.
These all sound like classic symptoms of addiction.
He says that his troubles began a few years ago, as his family began spending more time in Juneau.
"I’ve always been able to handle city life, no problem,” Matt clarifies.
“But," he says. "I started hanging out with people who drank."
"They didn’t have a problem with it," Matt says, in reference to alcohol consumption.
People who do not struggle with addiction or substance abuse can consume a set number of drinks without craving more.
Addicts cannot do this any more than a compulsive overeater can be satisfied with a small portion of food.
"So while I was around them," Matt confesses. "I started drinking."
Matt is spending time in L.A. where he is around experts who can give him support as he remains focused on sobriety.
"We miss him a lot," Ami tells People.
"But," she says. "I don’t even want him to come back until he finishes this.”
That makes sense. Similarly, the family wouldn't want her in rural Washington in the middle of a chemo treatment.
“We just hope he finds that happiness inside him again," Ami expresses.
In January, Matt completed six months of treatment for his sobriety.
That includes both inpatient and outpatient treatments.
This is something of a revelation, as clearly this had been going on for months before it became public knowledge last fall.
In addition to residential rehab, Matt has made use of meetings, therapy, and a sober coach to keep on this healthier path.
His whole family is rooting for him, even if they miss him while he's away.
Have you ever watched someone with a mild allergy talk themselves into eating something that they shouldn't?
(Looking at you, lactose intolerant folks)
That's essentially what some addicts do when they fall off of the wagon, so to speak.
They convince themselves that they are better than they once were, and that now they can, like everyone else, drink in moderation.
We're not going to say that this is never the case, but we will say that alcoholics usually end up falling back into old habits.
It's not their fault -- it is an addiction.
We wish Matt Brown a smooth ride on his continuing sobriety journey.