Violator of crime Co-host Brit Prawat shared that she is in recovery from alcohol abuse.
Prawat, who hosts the Indianapolis-based true crime podcast with her best friend Ashley Flowers, took a step back from the podcast in May after suffering a sudden brain hemorrhage. In a special update episode on September 6, which usually recaps true crime stories, Prawat joined Flowers to offer Violator of crime listeners with more context around her health battle.
Prawat, who underwent two surgeries on her brain after the hemorrhage, shared that the emergency revealed that she was extremely anemic and malnourished, which stemmed from alcohol abuse. Prawat, who said she hid her alcohol use from her friends and family, including Flowers, explained: “After I was released from the hospital, after my surgeries, after everyone else cleared me, I entered treatment . I’m out now for a while. I’m sober. I plan to stay that way with the support of everyone around me, including ours Violator of crime family, so I wanted to tell you that this is the journey I’m on and what happened when I didn’t have a microphone.”
Prawat said one of the most impactful moments in her recovery was when Flowers, with whom she has been collaborating on the podcast since 2017, told her she brought two outfits to the hospital: One to sit with Prawat and another in case he had to go. at her funeral.
“There’s a lot of shame associated with addiction, which is another reason it’s not talked about … even with my closest, closest friend, who knows all the other shameful things about me — that was just too much,” she explained to Flowers. “It was very embarrassing. This was too much. I’m not well. And on top of that, you know me as a fixer kind of guy – like, give me a problem, I’ll try to find a solution. Give me a solution and I’ll poke little holes in it to make sure it’s perfect. And that was one that I didn’t have the answer to — and if I didn’t have the answer to like it, what could you do? You would just feel helpless, and I don’t want you to feel helpless.”
Prawat, who is currently in a 12-step program, said recovery is a “full-time job” and that she will be off the mic for a while longer. He thanked her Violator of crime listeners for their support.
“Bringing you in is part of my recovery and it’s something that as much as I’m doing for you, to bring you into our circle even deeper, it’s also for me,” the host explained. “So thank you guys so much for all your support and love. I really can’t say how much seeing these DMs over the last few months has made me feel. Was amazing.”
In an Instagram post shared on September 6, Prawat also thanked fans for their support.
“I want to thank you all for your continued support and respect for my privacy over the last few months,” she began her post. “As most of you know, I had a brain bleed that required two brain surgeries. What I didn’t share is what probably led to it—I was severely anemic as a result of alcohol abuse. That led to the realization that I needed help. After I got out of the hospital, entered a treatment program. Today, I’m sober – and I plan to stay that way with the support of those around me, including my Crime Junkie family. I can’t wait to be back on the show when I’m ready!”