Lauren Windle is a journalist, author and public speaker specialising in addictions.
Working as an events and marketing executive the City in her early 20s, Lauren developed a cocaine habit that quickly spiralled into an addiction. At her lowest she was experiencing numbness in her fingers and toes, regular nose bleeds and a rather off-putting facial twitch.
After a few years of struggling to overcome her compulsive habits her friends and family intervened and insisted she attend a support group.
On 22nd April 2014, Lauren got clean and sober and started to put her life back together. Having finally broken out of the cycle of addiction, Lauren set up a recovery course for others who also struggle with unmanageable behaviours. The Recovery Course, run from St Dionis Church in Parson’s Green has seen many people recover from addictions to substances, food, gambling, sex, pornography and co-dependency, among others.
Lauren has a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a Master’s in Addiction Studies from King’s College London. She has worked as a full-time journalist at The Sun and more recently as a freelancer, with articles published in Mail Online, Huffington Post, The Sun Online, Fabulous Digital, Marie Claire and The Star.
In 2018, Lauren gave a Tedx Talk entitled: “Lessons a Drug Addict Can Teach You”, detailing her experience of addiction and more importantly the process she used to find recovery. This has now been viewed more than 230k times.
She is often invited to speak at conferences, schools and churches about her experiences and to offer advice to others. Lauren also features on a quarterly phone-in radio show on Premier Christian Radio where she answers listeners’ questions about addiction.