Addiction and Recovery with Lauren White

A short while ago we had the pleasure of meeting the super strong and inspirational young woman that is Lauren White. Not only a hard working PT, Lauren is working hard to make a difference to peoples lives in many different ways. We find out her story, her motivation and her vision.


I am 22 years old and I am two and a half years sober from drugs, alcohol and bulimia. I am a personal trainer and fitness model from Hertfordshire, as well as a motivational speaker for the Amy Winehouse foundation. I also speak in schools about my own story and also to motivate others to follow the right path.


When I was younger I had a lot of physiological issues such as low self-esteem and insecurities. These stemmed from both family traumas and natural teenage hormones. I also think going into modeling from a young age added to these insecurities.

I started using when I was 11 years old and this was progressive until I was 19. At 19 I hit rock bottom, i’d say my turning point was experiencing a close family member getting ill. I went into a day care rehab for 4 months and from then on, I was on my road to recovery.


I personally see myself as some sort of life coach, not just physically as a personal trainer, but also mentally from a motivational speaking side. I look into physiological problems to help people.

In the near future I want to open up a campaign/charity for young women with any addiction or psychological issues, to show everyone that it’s ok to have feelings, and that’s it is ok to not be ok. I want to raise awareness about how many people actually have issues behind the scenes, and to notice and deal with issues early before problems escalate.

I believe that most people that are successful in life have been through something that has driven and motivated them.


Your philosophy:

Always be positive about yourself and love yourself as much as you can. You can’t love anything else until you love yourself.

Your mission:

To change the way people think about themselves and life.

Best advice you were ever given:

Acceptance is key. When I was in recovery I couldn’t change the way that people thought and I was getting very angry because of this. The one thing I learnt was that I needed to accept that everything was where it needed to be in life, to accept that some people wouldn’t change, places wouldn’t change, but I was where I needed to be and it was in Gods time, the most important thing was that I was happy and to get there we must accept.


Favourite quote:

Be kind to yourself, don’t beat yourself up.

What would you say to the younger you now:

Be true to who you are, don’t try to be any different. Own it.



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