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 and alcohol dependency 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.
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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 Windle 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 Windle 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.
“Ever come across someone who has the ability to capture what you thought you knew, but couldn’t quite communicate? Enter Lauren Windle. Bold, funny and deeply engaging, Lauren has a gift for unlocking your thoughts and igniting conversations. So glad we booked her.”
Hugh Chichester, Co-ordinator of Shift Festival
“We thought Lauren was fabulous. There was such a positive vibe during and after the talk. She shared so freely and ably. Lauren has a great gift, added to which her research, scientific knowledge and personal experience gives her an enormous amount of relevant information to share with people, something she does so well. We feel really fortunate to have had her speak to us.”
Dave Bryson, Downside School
“Lauren’s incredible honesty, vulnerability, wisdom and humour is a winning combination and everyone was still talking about it months after the event. She is an excellent speaker, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.”
Rosie Tenant, St Paul’s Hammersmith
“What Lauren said was really good and everyone in the team commented that it was really informative and she was very personable. The way she spoke from her personal story and then moved on to address addiction as a whole was really good.
There were quite a few questions at the end which she answered very well.
We would definitely recommend her as a speaker”.
“I can highly recommend Lauren as a speaker. She is exceptionally easy to listen to, engaging and has an extraordinary powerful personal story to share. She has a beautiful, fun personality which comes out when she speaks.
Everyone who heard her here in Hastings, found her inspiring and were filled with a sense of hope and positivity with regards to getting free from addiction. I cannot recommend her enough!!”
Sarah Larkin, Holy Trinity Hastings