Lauren Philhower was destined for leadership although no one could have predicted its path. “My parents demanded perfection from a young age. I couldn’t have sleepovers, my calories were restricted and the more they pushed, the more I fought back,” says Lauren, Director of Operations and co-founder of Karuna Recovery Residences.
Lauren’s resistance spiraled into a debilitating addiction. She left college to seek rehab in Florida, then moved to a sober home in San Francisco, where she received her initiation into sober living.
The experience was transformative. Lauren achieved long-term sobriety and discovered her calling. “In this supportive, family-like environment, something just clicked. Taking responsibility, helping others like me it all just made sense,” she says.
Once sober, Lauren rechanneled her ambition to win into changing lives through love, care, and structured living. She became a house manager first for the home she lived in, then for a home with Bodha Recovery Residences. She quickly rose to Director of Operations of Bodha, overseeing the entire operation and staff. When Stacey joined the Bodha team, she and Lauren decided to branch out and create their own brand of sober living guided by love, compassion, and commitment.
In the process of her supercharged career, Lauren has gone from testing the waters of leadership to taking rightful command. Today, she values luxury sober living for the same reasons you do: rock solid community and an unwavering loving-kindness that jumpstarts new beginnings. “Through your interaction with the others, you discover the traits that you value, and learn who you want to be,” says Lauren. “I watch others lead and that made me the leader I am today. This job chose me, not the other way around.”