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Episode 34: Lauren

Season 2 Episode 21


Age: Late 20’s
Location: Lansford, PA
Addiction: Heroin
What’s Memorable: The childhood friend, Dea.

Update: Sadly, Lauren died of lung cancer in June 2016.  She was clean and sober.

Official synopsis: Lauren has known plenty of success in her life. Growing up, she was a cheerleader, a dancer, a swimmer and a great student. After college, she became a high school health and phys-ed teacher, and the students loved her. But amid all the accomplishments, Lauren was hiding a growing problem: an addiction to heroin. In the past three years, Lauren has lost her job and her apartment. She’s living with her mother and her moods swing constantly between volatile and depressed. Her family’s only hope is an Intervention.
Original Air Date: December 2006

Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Heroin, Jeff, Season 2


27 Responses to “Episode 34: Lauren”

  1. That was a crazy intervention! Jeff handled it really well.

    Posted by Lissa | November 11, 2014, 7:46 pm
  2. It was Pennsylvania. She went to Penn state.seen it recently.

    Posted by Sheila | December 9, 2014, 10:27 pm
  3. She and Dea had to drive an hour or so to score in Reading, PA. in either direction there’s allentown (which u can vet dope) and philly where you can EASILY get dope. My guess she’s up in coal cracker region, schuylkill county

    Posted by crystal | December 21, 2014, 10:01 pm
  4. Lauren sounds like she was doing pretty well as of July 2012


    Posted by snugs | December 24, 2014, 12:12 am
  5. Sadly, Lauren was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and just lost the battle.


    Posted by Lansford Lady | May 24, 2016, 9:17 pm
  6. If I remember right, she also had a boyfriend who was offered treatment. I can’t remember his name but he was a big part of the episode, I believe. Anyone know who he is?

    Posted by Robin | June 18, 2016, 2:27 pm
  7. I’m so sorry to see this update. My deepest sympathy goes out to Lauren’s family and friends; such a tremendous loss. My sincere condolences; I wish I had the right words, but all I can say is you’re all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

    Posted by Shannon | June 30, 2016, 10:22 pm
  8. condolences to the family. very sorry for OUR loss. She was a survivor of addiction! RIP angel

    Posted by Jacinda Godwin | August 10, 2016, 11:17 am
  9. This truly breaks my heart. RIP Lauren!

    Posted by t.oro | August 11, 2016, 12:04 am
  10. Hello, My father Bill appears in this episode. He was the Assistant Director at the treatment center where they are going to send Mike. Sadly, a year or two after this episode aired, my father relapsed and ultimately committed suicide. A short article about his work is here: http://franconiaconference.org/struggling-with-suicide-picking-up-the-pieces-looking-for-the-gift/

    Posted by Adam Blumenthal | August 20, 2016, 3:57 pm
  11. I had watched Lauren on Intervention in the year prior to going to treatment. I remember watching her coaching on the show and thinking “That lady’s no-nonsense. She’d kick my butt”.
    Well, I went to treatment in 2008 and she was the house supervisor at my facility; she was exactly who I needed to meet.

    I went looking for her today to see how she might be and was so sad to see this news.

    Her family must be devastated. She was loved and a fantastic person.

    Posted by DrB3 | August 20, 2016, 8:19 pm
  12. I barely knew Lauren. She was the trainer who taught my boot camp twice a week…I knew nothing of her past and nothing of her personal life…but she really left a lasting impact on myself and others in the class. So many of us could tell she was sick and hurting but she continued to show up and give us her all.

    I write this post to honor her life and to say she had such a special and memorable presence. I pray that she is at peace in heaven and I pray her son will be raised to know what a strong and special mother he had.

    Posted by Lja | November 4, 2016, 8:42 pm
  13. Lauren was my gym teacher in high school. I remember when the school announced that the intervention episode was coming out. She had stolen my lunch money out of the locker room to get heroin, and had jaundice at that point. Never once did I ever become angry about that, even at the time when I was 14 and didn’t know what was going on.

    She was a great gym teacher and very liked by my classmates.
    I felt very drawn to her story and want to send my condolences to her family. I read her obituary and seems like she had been doing so well and got herself out of the area…..yes Crystal (posted many lines above) she (and I, I don’t live there any more) are from schuykill county.

    Posted by Lee | January 21, 2017, 5:25 pm
  14. RIP Lauren. It is so sad to see how many people have died since this episode. They were all so young. My condolences to all their families.

    Posted by Andy | November 15, 2017, 10:56 am

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