Meet Lauren Stahl, the founder and CEO of SPARKITE. After receiving treatment for an eating disorder, alcohol addiction, and drug addiction, Lauren left her job on Wall Street to follow her passion for helping others in recovery. Her mission is to enhance addiction treatment by enabling accountability, support, and communication after treatment. This is how her app, SPARKITE, was born. This revolutionary app provides a tech based aftercare support platform to Addiction Treatment Centers to help keep patients accountable to their recoveries and connected to their support communities.
She and I crossed paths at a Hay House event in November 2015. After just a few moments of chatting with her, it was clear that she was passionate about helping people in recovery achieve their goals. We met while I was coming to terms (silently) with my own drinking problem. Shortly after meeting Lauren, I decided to stop drinking and start this blog.
SobrieTea Party: Who is Lauren Stahl?
Lauren: I am the founder & CEO of Sparkite, a company revolutionizing addiction aftercare treatment. I have been sober since September 2012. For years, I lived my life to appease everyone else and in the process, I forgot about myself. I now live as authentically as I can, one day at a time.
How did you know it was time to get sober?
I was in a taxicab on my way to my job on Wall Street in September 2012. It was in that taxicab that I knew that if I continued on the path I was on, I would die. It was my moment of hitting rock bottom, but more importantly, my moment of grace.
What advice do you wish you had when you were active in your addictions?
You are not alone. It is going to be okay. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
What would you tell someone that thinks they have an addiction problem but isn’t ready to get help?
Be open to hearing other perspectives. For years, I was closed off. I thought it was my way or the high way. Deep down, I knew that another way of living was possible, but I wasn’t open to listening. Take the time to let the words and perspectives of others soak in.
What does recovery mean to you?
Recovery means being present in my life. It means treating others and myself with love and compassion.
What’s your favorite book?
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
What’s your source of inspiration?
The love and support from my family and friends. I also believe there is a universal force much bigger than me guiding me and providing me with direction.
Sparkite is available in the App Store. If you want to learn more about Lauren or her app, please reach out to her or follow her passion project on social media: