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Buff Bomb Bar CEO, Jodee Prouse, Discusses Alcoholism and Children
Shawna Randolph is joined by Buff Bomb Bar CEO, author and advocate Jodee Prouse in an important interview about addiction and mental illness and shame within the family.
At first glance it may not seem like a logical fit. A beauty company owner speaking out about addiction and mental illness. But Buff Bomb Bar CEO, Jodee Prouse couldn't disagree more. "This effects everyone. You may not be struggling yourself but it can be your Mom. Dad. Sister. Brother. Grandparent. Friend. Neighbor. Co-worker. Or even your own young child. You may go to work everyday. Seem happy and healthy. Curl your hair, put on some lipstick and even a brave smile. Build a successful company. But many times due to shame people are hiding behind closed doors for the fear of being judged, condemned and discriminated against." I hope to make a difference, as no one would have ever known what was happening in my own family.
Jodee shares her experience in her powerful memoir The Sun is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame, and Addiction and How I Broke Free which chronicles her 40 year journey with her beloved younger brother who became addicted to alcohol and struggled with mental health issues. She believes that it is that powerful feeling of shame that keeps families hiding, their loved ones sick and the disease of alcoholism continuing generation after generation. She hopes her story sheds a bright, beaming light on some of the heartbreaking realities that go on behind-closed-doors. "I hope our story opens your heart. Challenge's your mind. And starts the conversation in your own family. Without shame." says Prouse.
*Portion of all sales from Buff Bomb Bar donated to Mental Illness Programs