“The people I have met – the friendships I have made carrying the message, the miracles I get to witness, the women I get to help. I have a purpose. Being sober and in recovery has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
– Lauren McElroy, Volunteer in recovery since May 2nd, 2015
Lauren began volunteering at The Magdalen House nearly eight years ago. During her time in our Social Detox Program, she experienced so much love and support that she didn’t want to leave. She came back every chance she could to help at the House, from making dinner to running errands and chairing meetings. After co-chairing Maggie’s Women’s Group for a couple of years, she now considers it the highlight of her week to carry the message by chairing meetings for our community on Wednesdays.
Lauren’s meetings are every Wednesday at 12:00 pm.
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1. What is your favorite line in the Big Book, and why?
“God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men.” – Page 46
There are so many incredible promises in the Big Book that it’s often difficult to decide which one is my favorite, but my brick on the Maggie’s Wall is from page 46.
2. What has been the most significant gift to you in your Recovery?
This could take all day… my goodness! First, the fact that I don’t want to die anymore. That the mental obsession has been lifted – but that is just the start. The people I have met – the friendships I have made carrying the message, the miracles I get to witness, the women I get to help. I have a purpose. Being sober and in recovery has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.
3. What would you say to women who are new to recovery?
DON’T EVER GIVE UP. You are NOT too far gone, you are NOT unique, there IS a solution, and there IS hope. If I can do it, you can too!
4. What is your life like today?
Today, I live a full life. I am not perfect, and neither are my circumstances, but God has provided for me in ways that I could have never imagined. I have an incredible job that benefits the Dallas community. I am a dog mom, a sister, a sponsor, and a friend. People are often surprised to hear me say this six years in, but my recovery is still the number one priority in my life. It is because of my recovery that I get to even have a life. Life is good!
5. What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy in your free time?
My dog Goldie is the love of my life. So, in my free time, I love to go on walks with her and take her to the park. I love going to concerts, being outside, trips to the casino (blackjack anyone? haha), puzzles, playing tennis, spending time with family, painting, traveling, and I am a big baseball fan!
More from Lauren — Dear Dad: Thank you for dropping me off at Maggie’s
About Lauren McElroy
Meet Lauren McElroy — Lauren is a Dallas-native, TCU graduate, and nonprofit professional. Her greatest joys are helping other alcoholic women recover and being a mom to her fur-baby, Goldie.