A former cricketer Patrick Foster of Nottinghamshire in England, is cautioning many others about the influence and impact of addiction after being crushed by gambling debts. He reiterated that he had the staggering amount of gambling debts under his name which kept him haunt day in and day out.
However, Foster has recovered from the trauma, and he shared some memorial to raise knowledge of gambling menace.
The domestic cricketer Foster featured for Nottinghamshire before heading over for university, and thereon, he started gambling.
“It was fun, it was a hobby, it was very much amongst my peers and mates, it was something that we did on a Saturday, a football accumulator, a bet on the horses, whatever it might be and that was the beginning of the end, as it were.” English media quoted Foster as saying,
Gambling tore apart the cricketer:
It was gambling who filled the voids when Foster’s cricketing dream shattered when he represented Nottinghamshire.
“When I was playing a professional sport, you get that intensity, it’s very competitive, you get that instant response, instant reaction from how you’re doing, whether you’re succeeding, failing and gambling kind of filled that void,” said Patrick
Patrick Foster sum up his rehabilitation programme:
Foster has tallied thousands and hundreds of pounds in compulsive gambling. He reiterated that it would take him at least ten years to pay it all off.
Well, he is going through a rehabilitation programme. He is planning to share his story with college and school students respectively.
“And those bets, they went very quickly from being a £1 accumulator on a Saturday to being £100 on a horse too, in the latter days, being £1000 and beyond that,” he mainatined.
Patrick Foster, revealed he thought about to end his life just a few months ago.
“The compulsive gambling cost Patrick Foster his job, his relationship. And it nearly cost him his life as well,” he further said.
“When I think back now, you think, my word, what was I doing? But, it genuinely didn’t feel like that £1 that it started with, was any different to the £1000 that it finished with,” he concluded.