Gambling: ‘I stole, begged, borrowed... I should not be alive’

Gambling: ‘I stole, begged, borrowed... I should not be alive’

One recovering addict shares his story of hope in the face of a national epidemic, but an apathetic government and avaricious bookmakers are hardly helping the situation

Anonymity. That’s the biggest concern for my source. And it’s the only request I get from him. Repeatedly.

It’s not so much because of the shame attached to gambling, it’s that the cause of such shame isn’t known to the family of his partner. In any case the name doesn’t matter. It’s the tale itself that is important.

Who he is? A man in his 30s. A fine...

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