Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lauren Goodkin, I am 28 years old, from North Haven, CT and I am an addict. I was diagnosed with Bipolar I at 13 years old, and five years later I became an addict. After ten years in the life, my purpose has emerged in helping others.
Over the years, I have found it very natural to share my experience with others in an effort to help the families of young addicts like myself. I worked with a non-profit organization for many years helping to coach families on how to deal with their addicted child and ultimately get them into recovery. I have spoken to kids in schools, providing them with an alternative to the typical morality based drug education they normally receive. I have shared my story with many people through blogging and the lost art of talking to strangers. My experience relates past just mental illness and addiction, because it all boils down to being an outsider and trying to find my place in a very judgmental and assuming world.
My years of experience have led me to break away from other organizations and institutions that I believe are either stuck in the past, afraid to offend, or are simply doing it wrong. It takes an addict to know an addict.
Effective January 1, 2017 I will be launching my new business In Angel’s Arms. My primary focus will be offering Family Recovery Coaching to the parents of teenage or adult opioid addicts. Additionally, I will continue to offer drug education for schools and youth organizations and public speaking for high school and college students. I am available to speak to parents who may not have addicted children, however are curious about the opioid epidemic and are looking to be educated in the hopes of protecting and preventing their children from becoming victims.
If you are in a state of emergency or crisis prior to January, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will find a way to accommodate anyone who is in need of help. I am also accepting bookings for speaking arrangements that will be scheduled for the new year. I do have some events scheduled for early January so please do not wait if you have a specific date in mind.
I’d like to thank all of the families who have allowed me to work with them in the past and it is my great hope that you will continue to refer me to anyone you know in need of help. Thank you for supporting my dream of using my experience to aid others in finding the serenity, courage and wisdom that I have found today.
I look forward to digging in and doing everything in my power to help make this epidemic part of our history rather than our present. Unfortunately it is still in our future. So let’s get to work!